Local Attorney Reacts To Wesley Mathews Sentence

Chris Sommer
June 26, 2019 - 5:40 pm
Wesley Mathews

Credit: Dallas County Jail

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - On Wednesday afternoon, a Dallas jury sentenced Wesley Mathews of Richardson to life in prison in connection with the death of his adopted daughter, Sherin, in 2017.

Mathews pleaded guilty this week to a charge of injury to a child by omission, allowing him to avoid a capital murder trial and a possible punishment of life without parole.

On Wednesday morning, Mathews was cross-examined by prosecutors after taking the stand in his own defense. Dallas criminal defense attorney George Milner said that's always a tough call for a legal team, "We know now what the verdict was, but you don't know that before you put the client up there. Given the facts of this case, I think they had to take the gamble," he said.

Mathews claimed Sherin, 3, choked to death while drinking milk. He said he did not call for emergency help because he was afraid Child Protective Services would get involved. Mathews testified he acted in fear when he put Sherin's body in a trash bag and left it in a culvert, where it was discovered two weeks later.

During his time on the stand Wednesday, Mathews said he would be "more than happy" to accept a life sentence for what happened to Sherin. Milner said, "Once you did that, if you had any juror kind of on the fence thinking about something a little bit lighter, that probably sealed the deal."

Milner said he is certain there will be an appeal of the life sentence, which includes the possibility of parole after 30 years. He added there are some who believe the punishment is not harsh enough. "I know there's some members of the community who feel that justice wasn't served. He's 39-years-old. The man will die in prison. It wouldn't have mattered if he'd gotten a capital life sentence versus a regular life sentence. He's not going to be paroled. He will leave prison in a box."​