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The Shawnee News-Star
  • McLoud man sentenced in death of 3-year-old boy

  • Three-year-old Cody Chama, killed in 2010, will never play T-ball or experience his first day of school, and he won't learn to hunt, fish or drive a car, according to a Victim's Impact Statement submitted for sentencing of the McLoud man charged in the child's death.
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  • Three-year-old Cody Chama, killed in 2010, will never play T-ball or experience his first day of school, and he won't learn to hunt, fish or drive a car, according to a Victim's Impact Statement submitted for sentencing of the McLoud man charged in the child's death.
    Jason William Cline, 28, pleaded guilty last month to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend's child and appeared in Pottawatomie County District Court Wednesday for formal sentencing.
    District Judge John Canavan sentenced Cline to serve life in prison and gave him no credit for time he's already served in jail since his arrest in 2010.
    Charges alleged Cline caused the death of Cody Paul Chama by "willful or malicious" use of force to the child's head on Oct. 5, 2010. Cody died Oct. 6, 2010, at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.
    District Attorney Richard Smothermon, who said this was one of the worst cases of child abuse that he's ever seen, said the child suffered the worst head trauma imaginable.
    As part of the sentencing, the judge considered Victim's Impact Statements completed by Cody's father, Paul Chama, and Cody's mother, Amanda Cheek.
    "I am so lost since this has happened," Cody's father, Paul Chama, wrote. "Living life without Cody is horrible — life has no meaning."
    Paul Chama, who said Cody is missing out on everything from sports to school and a future of learning things from his dad, said Cody didn't deserve anything that happened to him.
    "He was an amazing little boy…he loved to learn new things," Paul Chama wrote, adding, "life is empty and I will forever be a lost father."
    Cody's mother, Amanda Cheek, also completed a Victim's Impact Statement on how the loss of her son has profoundly changed her life and her family. When things remind her of Cody, Cheek said all she can do is cry.
    "It isn't fair that he doesn't get to experience life as he should — alive with his parents," Cheek wrote, adding she's been affected emotionally, mentally and physically.
    "Cody is my heart — the love that we had for each other was a unique one-of-a-kind bond…he will never know what it's like to be a grandson, a little brother, a big brother, a child, and most importantly, a son — my son."
    Cheek wrote that she has never experienced so much pain, anger, resentment, hatred, disgust or sadness in her entire life. In the three-page letter, she said she often thinks about what was going through her son's mind the day a "sick monster that Cody once cared for and trusted ultimately took his life."
    According to the arrest affidavit originally filed in the case, Cline was Cheek's boyfriend in 2010 and they all lived at a home in McLoud. The mother was gone to a doctor's appointment and Cline was the only adult with Cody when he suffered the injuries that led to his death, reports show.
    Page 2 of 2 - Emergency personnel responded to their home after Cline called 911 to report the child wasn't breathing and that he had started CPR.
    Cody was first treated at Shawnee's hospital and then transferred to Oklahoma City, where tests showed a brain bleed and severe hemorrhaging in both eyes, with a doctor concluding they were injuries consistent with child abuse, court documents show.
    McLoud police began investigating and the District Attorney's Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force also probed the child's death, which resulted in Cline's arrest and charges.
    With Cline entering a blind guilty plea in the case, his sentence was up to the judge.
    Smothermon said a life sentenced is considered to be about 45 years and he'll have to serve a minimum of 85 percent of that time, or 38 years, before he can be eligible for a possible parole.
    Smothermon said he's thankful Cline "is in prison for the next 40 years."
    Cline will remain jailed at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he is transferred to the Department of Corrections.

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