Man serves 3 of 8 years in child death

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A man who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the 2007 death of a toddler will spend the next 10 years on probation.

Travonti Osbey, 27, formerly of Fairbanks, was released from jail in April and moved back home to Oklahoma after spending a little more than two years behind bars awaiting trial.

With good behavior taken into account, Osbey has credit for serving just over three years.

Superior Court Judge Michael MacDonald ordered an eight-year sentence Tuesday, but Osbey will not have to serve the remaining time if he successfully completes probation.

In addition, the judge ordered Osbey to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Osbey was watching his girlfriend's children in August 2007 when paramedics were called and found a 21-month-old boy was not breathing.

Tarayvien Isias Prescott sustained multiple skull fractures Osbey said were suffered in a fall.

Tarayvien's 4-year-old brother gave police conflicting stories about how the younger boy was injured. In one, he said the toddler fell off a couch. At another point, the boy said Osbey slammed his brother's head into the carpet.

An autopsy ruled the death was a homicide, and Osbey was charged with second-degree murder in February 2008. But the medical examiner who performed the autopsy died before the case could be resolved.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Jamgochian said the medical examiner's death, along with the changing stories of Tarayvien's brother, meant there was a high chance of acquittal if the case went to trial.

Tarayvien's mother, Daniele Prescott, who alleged Osbey was abusive toward her and both her sons, said Osbey should serve a longer sentence.

"I feel like time served is a slap in the face," she said.

Osbey did not make a statement at Tuesday's hearing.

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