Greeley Man Will Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison
John White will spend the rest of his life in prison. Around 7:45 last night evening, a jury convicted the Greeley man of First-Degree Murder and Child Abuse Resulting in Death. White was charged in the murder of his then girlfriend's 2-year-old son, Michael "Mikey" Lara.
The murder charge carries an automatic life in prison without the possibility of parole. On the child abuse charge, he faces up to an additional 48 years.
According to the Weld County District Attorney's Office, sentencing will be held December 16th at 4:00 p.m.
White claimed the family's 60-pound pit bull knocked the boy down the mobile home's porch steps, but medical experts testified during the trial that the injuries pointed to further abuse.
Mikey had bruises to both sides of his head and back, burns to his lips and neck caused by a hairdryer and a wound to his penis. He died several days later at Children's Hospital.