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Teddy's mom appeals sentence



Published: Wed, September 18, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Struthers woman who was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this month for allowing her ex-boyfriend to abuse her three sons, killing one of them, has appealed her sentence.

Shain Widdersheim, 33, filed her notice of appeal last week in the 7th District Court of Appeals of her sentence handed down Sept. 4 by Judge R. Scott Krichbaum in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Widdersheim was sentenced on four counts of child endangering and a count of obstruction of justice for allowing her ex-boyfriend, 43-year-old Zaryl Bush, to abuse her twin sons and 14-year-old Teddy Foltz in what police and prosecutors say was constant abuse.

Teddy died Jan. 26 this year, five days after a beating he received from Bush.

Bush pleaded guilty to murder and other charges earlier this summer and was sentenced to 33 years to life in prison in June.

Bush appealed his sentence in July, saying the plea “was not entered knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily” and that Judge Krichbaum abused his discretion by imposing consecutive multiple sentences and also by eschewing a recommended sentence of 22 years to life.

Judge Krichbaum also sentenced Widdersheim above the recommended 10-year sentence of prosecutors.

When accepting pleas from both defendants, Judge Krichbaum explained he is not bound by sentencing recommendations in plea bargains when sentencing someone.

He added he also asked both of them if they understood that and if that was explained to them by their attorneys, and both said they understood.


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1endthismess(333 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

NO. THIS BEASTY BEAST NEEDS A MUCH LONGER SENTENCE. SHE IS A DERALICT AND ABANDONED HER OWN CHILD. BOOT HER A#% RIGHT INTO HER CELL AND SLAM THE DOOR SHUT IN HER FACE. DID THE CRIME. NOW...DO THE DAM TIME.

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2islandgrump(59 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Oh please!! Give us a break. This bitch should have gotten the same as her son. LIFE!!!
Her son is dead and she doesn't want to be in jail. Too bad!!!
We'd be better off spending our time finding puppies homes for Christmas.
And further more, Judge Krishbaum doesn't make mistakes when sentencing.

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3southsidedave(4841 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

what is there to appeal....you are sorry AFTER the fact?

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4Mia213(10 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Where was Teddy's chance to appeal his ongoing torture and abuse? His own mother enabled the abuse leading to his death. Her well being came first, she has no motherly backbone. Teddy's life is gone, she should have received life without parole.

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