Edgar Concepcion (c.), 15, exits the courtroom in Charles City, Iowa. The Fil-Am was sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.


CHARLES CITY, Iowa — An emotionless Edgar Concepcion Jr. was led from the Charles City courtroom last Monday afternoon after being sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 30 years in connection with the July 2009 death of his three-year-old cousin Krystel Banes, daughter of Rene and Edvilla Banes, also of Charles City.

Concepcion, 15, didn’t look at his parents, sisters or other family members gathered in the courtroom for the sentencing hearing as he was led away in handcuffs and shackles, according to the Globe Gazette.

A services worker read a victim impact statement from the Banes family.

“Krystel was a cheerful, happy little girl. She liked to pretend she was a princess,” the family wrote.

In the statement, Edvilla Banes described how she bought her daughter a new bathing suit just a week before her death. The little girl loved to swim.

The couple thought it was safe to leave their children with her brother’s family.

Edgar Concepcion Sr. and Edvilla Banes are brother and sister.

“In the beginning we wanted to believe it was an accident,” the statement read.

“Edgar was someone we trusted. Our family is broken. My brother and his family are strangers.”

Concepcion’s family contends he is a good boy who didn’t get a fair trial.

“There is no justice in this case,” said Aurora Concepcion, Edgar’s mother, in a statement read to the court by a translator.

Judge Bryan McKinley sentenced Concepcion to the mandatory terms of life on the counts of first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse.

He was sentenced up to 25 years on the charge of sexual abuse in the second degree and up to five years on the charge of child endangerment.

“Our society has to be measured by how we protect our children,” McKinley said.

He added that society is thrown into chaos when one child kills another.

Krystel’s family, including mother Edvilla, father Rene and brother Banjo were in the courtroom for last Monday’s sentencing hearing.

Joining them was the couple’s new baby Precious Angel, 21 days old.