Struthers man appeals conviction in fatal abuse case

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A Struthers man convicted last month of abusing his ex-girlfriend’s son to death in January has appealed his conviction and sentence.

Zaryl Bush, 42, of Creed Street, filed the appeal with the 7th District Court of Appeals on Friday, according to court records. He pleaded guilty June 19 to charges of murder, child endangering and tampering with evidence.

On June 28, Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Krichbaum sentenced Bush to 33-years-to-life in prison, which is longer than the 22-years-to-life sentence recommended by prosecutors.

Bush was convicted of killing Teddy Foltz, 14, who died in January after being beaten by Bush. It was revealed during court testimony that Bush had beaten Foltz on previous occasions.

Foltz’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, 32, pleaded guilty June 17 to four counts of child endangering and obstruction of justice. She is set for sentencing later this month and prosecutors have recommended a 10-year sentence since she was not home when Foltz’s fatal beating occurred.



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