Stepfather sentenced: 22 years in death of 6-year-old boy with autism

A Waukesha man will spend decades behind bars in connection with the death of his stepson. 

"This is who he took away from us. This is who he hurt," said Jesse Castillo.

Castillo showed the courtroom on Monday, Oct. 18 several photographs of his 6-year-old grandson Lukas, who died in July 2019.

"This is who he killed, this is who he killed, a little child," Castillo said.

The emotional moments happened during the sentencing for Carl Bookout, Lukas' stepfather. He pleaded no contest in February in connection with the boy's death. A child abuse charge against Bookout was dismissed.

"He took away a child, his future, his potential and all the loving memories we never made," Castillo said.

Carl Bookout

Carl Bookout

Lukas had autism and was non-verbal. Prosecutors say Bookout was responsible for causing severe injuries to the boy. They say Bookout blamed the injuries on a fall down some stairs at their Waukesha apartment.

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"It was determined that all of these injuries that Lukas had not were not consistent with him falling down carpeted stairs," said the prosecutor.

"This is not an intentional homicide. This is an accident. A tragic, heartbreaking accident for everyone here," said Bookout's attorney. 

Bookout cried throughout the sentencing hearing. His attorney read a statement.

"Not one single person that knew Lukas or that knows me or my family could ever honestly or accurately say I would ever purposely hurt him," the attorney said.

In the end, the judge sentenced Bookout to 22 years in prison plus another 20 years of extended supervision.

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"There’s nothing more serious than the loss of a life – especially the loss of a young child," the judge said.

Carl Bookout

Carl Bookout

Lukas' mother was also sentenced in connection to this case – for failing to act to prevent bodily harm. 

Lukas' grandfather told FOX6 News after court on Monday that he wanted Bookout to receive a longer sentence.


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