Convicted toddler killer sentenced to prison

Jesse York (Photo: Montgomery County Jail)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend’s 22-month-old daughter will spend 15 years to life behind bars.

A jury found Jesse York, 32, guilty on six counts, including murder, in the death of Rylee Sellars. The decision earlier this month came more than three years after York was first taken into custody.

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Sellars died in 2013 in Germantown from blunt force trauma to the head. The state told jurors that York spent three hours alone with the toddler before she was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she died.

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Today, Sellar’s mother Helen Thompson spoke through tears as she explained, she’s still coming to grips with the death of her daughter.

Sellar’s aunt, Billie Smith accused York of ruining her family and asked the judge to make an example of York and impose the maximum sentence, possible.

Just before she handed down that maximum sentence, judge Mary Huffman told York, there’s no punishment equal to the harm he’s caused.

“You showed no remorse at any point in time. I’ve watched you throughout the three years of these proceedings and there has not been one time where I felt that you even appreciated the gravity of what occurred and what the jury had determined that you did,” Huffman said.

“Given the fact that there is one and only one sentence that I can impose, after considering that sentence and the purposes and principals of sentencing and the seriousness of recidivism factors I’m going to sentence you on the murder count to 15 years to life in prison. Your release from prison, sir, will be determined by the parole board.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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