Vilcone Enters Guilty Plea
Oskaloosa, Iowa – On April 15, 2014, defendant Bryan Draper Vilcone, was arraigned upon the two charges contained in the Amended Trial Information, filed April 15, 2014, and being fully advised of his rights and acknowledging full understanding of same, voluntarily entered pleas of guilty to Amended Count II: Attempt to Commit Murder, a class B felony, in violation of Section 707.11, Code of Iowa; and Amended Count III: Child Endangerment Resulting in the Death of a Child, a class B felony, in violation of Sections 726.6(1)(d) and 726.6(4), Code of Iowa. The court found a factual basis in support of the pleas and has accepted the defendant’s pleas of guilty.
Sentencing is set for the 26th day of June, 2014 at 10:00 o’clock a.m.
Vilcone is facing up to 25 years on Count II, with 70% of time to be served before being eligible for parole.
Vilcone faces up to 50 years on Count III, with both sentences to be served concurrently.
For some history on the case -
A press release by the Oskaloosa Police Department at the time of Vilcone’s arrest stated:
On April 18, 2013 at approximately 6:52 P.M., officers with the Oskaloosa Police Department responded to the Mahaska Health Partnership Emergency Room to investigate a report of possible child abuse. When officers arrived, they discovered that seven-week-old Raelynn M. Hart was receiving treatment for injuries. The child’s mother informed officers that Hart received the injuries while in the care of a family friend, 24 year old Bryan Draper Vilcone of 707 2nd Avenue East in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
In a complaint and affidavit filed on April 23, 2013 by Oskaloosa Police:
On April 18, 2013 the child who was approximately 7 weeks old was under the care of the defendant from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At approximately, 3:30 p.m. on that date the defendant met with the mother of the child and delivered the child to the mother. The mother at that time noted that the child was not acting normal. The mother later that evening took the child to the local hospital where she was seen by physicians, and then was then transported to the hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. The child was examined and treated at the hospital and the physicians noted severe internal head injuries. The child died on April 21, 2013, as a result of those injuries. The defendant was interviewed and during the interview he stated that he had shaken the child on at least 3 separate occasions during the late afternoon of April 18, 2013 because the child was crying. He stated that after the final shaking the child quit crying and was merely wimpering. The defendant also admitted being responsible for the child’s injuries. An autopsy has been performed by the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office and the likely cause of death is abusive head trauma.