Roy couple going to prison after locking up, zip tying, abusing 3 children

Friday , September 29, 2017 - 12:05 PM1 comment

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — After reaching a plea deal last month, a Roy couple who confessed to abusing their three children were sentenced Friday in Ogden.

Matthew Waldmiller, 39, and Diane Waldmiller, 40, were both given one to 15-year sentences after each pleading guilty to one count of child abuse by intentionally inflicting serious physical injury, a second-degree felony.

Matthew and Diane Waldmiller appeared in court together and were accompanied by their respective attorneys, Jason Widdison and Michael Bouwhuis. 

The couple’s guilty pleas were part of a plea deal reached in August in which prosecutors dropped two counts of child abuse for each case. 

Both Waldmillers were visibly emotional during their sentencing and struggled to give their statements to 2nd District Judge Michael DiReda.

“What I did is not me, it was reactions that should never have happened,” Matthew Waldmiller said. “Nothing that has happened to me makes this OK.”

“I hope my boys find a home that loves them,” Diane Waldmiller said.

The two admitted to locking up three adopted sons in a room for up to 13 hours at a time, according to court documents. The Waldmillers also confessed to restraining the boys — who were all under the age of 14 — with zip ties and taping their mouths shut. 

DiReda talked about the emotional trauma the three boys endured while in the Waldmiller’s care, reading from a letter from a therapist who examined the boys after the couple was arrested. 

DiReda said one of the boys told the therapist during an interview that, “we deserved what happened to us because we broke the rules.” DiReda told the Waldmillers the trauma they caused will follow the children for years to come. 

“I’m afraid for their future,” DiReda said. “I hope they are able to overcome this emotional baggage.” 

Earlier in the hearing, both attorneys asked for 210-day jail sentences, with credit for the time they have already served in Weber County Jail. However, DiReda rejected the requests and handed down prison sentences for the two.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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