WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Lucas Diel was sentenced 586 months in prison for the death of 2-year-old Anthony “Tony” Bunn on Tuesday.
Last month, Diel pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder.
Back on May 4, 2018, Bunn was found unresponsive in a Riverside home with what investigators described as injuries to his head and neck. He died two days later.
Family members spoke during the sentencing.
“This monster beat a 2-year-old child to death. Sitting in the hospital with Tony of life support, unrecognizable from the bruising, cuts and swelling. We couldn’t believe it was real life. Our lives have been very hard since that day,” said Zachary Woolheater, Tony’s grandfather.
“I’m here to be the voice of our precious 2-year-old grandson. The voice that he brutually took away forever on May 4, 2018. Since the moment, this monster came into our families life, he has tried and now has successfully changed the history of it for generations to come,” said Nancy Woolheater, Tony’s grandmother.
The family said today’s sentencing doesn’t bring closure.
“As far as any kind of justice, there’s no such thing,” said Zachary. “You take somebody’s life, there’s no making up for it. It doesn’t bring anything back just because he’s serving time in prison.”
Tony’s grandmother said her grandson’s death is an injustice the community can not continue to let happen.
“There’s been so many deaths in this community, and it seems like it’s every week, one a month, whatever it is and that has to stop,” said Nancy. “When do we say enough’s enough.”
Elizabeth Woolheater, Tony’s mother, was also arrested. She is charged in her son’s death. She is expected in court July 11.