Brown gets life without parole for death of 14-month-old
Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney, Worth Stay, announced that Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown, of Newaygo, was sentenced on October 11, 2018 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of 14 month old Laylah Heether in February 2017. The defendant was also sentenced to a term of 23-40 years for Child Abuse 1st Degree and sentenced as a habitual offender.
As Prosecutor Stay explained: “The murder of any human being is tragic. What makes the murder of a young child like Laylah so heartbreaking is that she had so much life left to live. I hope this conviction and sentence allows Laylah's family an opportunity to begin to heal."
Prosecutor Stay continued: “The evidence presented in court involved some graphic and emotional testimony. I thank the jury for their service during this lengthy trial. Further, I thank the Newaygo County Sheriff's Office for their investigation, as well as all law enforcement agencies, medical staff and lay witnesses who provided testimony at trial."