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Man convicted of abusing toddler intends to appeal

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HELENA – A former Lake County man convicted by a Great Falls jury in February of abusing a toddler intends to appeal his sentence to the Supreme Court.

The Montana Supreme Court has given attorneys for Riley Charlo-Whitworth until Dec. 29 to file an opening brief in his appeal. 

Charlo-Whitworth, a 2011 St. Ignatius High School graduate, was sentenced to 35 years in the Montana State Prison with none suspended after a jury found him guilty of child abuse. Charlo-Whitworth was accused of beating a child so badly in January 2013 that the 23-month-old had to be airlifted to Seattle from Great Falls. The child had injuries that were considered life threatening. Charlo was also ordered to register as a violent offender for the offense. 

Charlo-Whitworth is serving his time in the Great Falls Regional Prison and is being represented by the Public Defender’s Office. The opening brief will explain on what grounds Charlo-Whitworth appeals. 

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