Custodial dad JEFFREY DUCHANE has been sentenced to life in prison for the beating death--actually torture murder--of his 12-year-old daughter. I have not been able to find out how the child and her sister came to live with Dad and the stepmonster.
Father Who Killed Daughter Gets Life
Man Spend Rest Of His Life In Prison
Jason Barry Reporter, KPHO.com
POSTED: 5:06 pm MST July 31, 2009
UPDATED: 6:10 pm MST July 31, 2009
PHOENIX -- Phoenix police called it one of the worst cases of child abuse they'd ever seen -- a Valley father beat his 12-year-old daughter to death.
Jeffrey Duchane, who confessed to the crime, learned Friday he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
According to investigators, Jeffrey Duchane repeatedly punched his daughter in the face, scalded her with hot water, whipped her with an electrical cord and left her dead in their apartment for days.
Duchane appeared in Superior Court in downtown Phoenix where he stood before a judge and apologized for what he did.
He was then sentenced to life in prison for killing his daughter.
Duchane was also given an additional seven years for beating his 9-year-old daughter.
"I love my kids with all my heart and would do anything for them. I never meant for any of this to happen," Duchane told the judge. "If I could do this all over again I would do it in a heartbeat, so I could have my daughter Trenay back."
The 12-year-old girl was killed back in November of 2007, inside a Phoenix apartment.
Police said her father waited four days to call 911, even though he knew his daughter was dead inside the apartment.
The child's step mother Reiko Troupe was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year.