A South Roxana man who pleaded guilty to killing a 4 year old boy wants to withdraw his guilty plea and is seeking a new trial. 35 year old Sean Starwalt was sentenced in November to 38 years in prison for the death of the son of his girlfriend, but has now filed a motion to change his plea after requesting a new attorney.
Starwalt filed his own motion to withdraw the plea and a new attorney, John Delaney, has been appointed by the court. Starwalt claims his constitutional rights were violated when prosecutors asked to seek a 100-year sentence in the case. Authorities say Starwalt struck four year old Jeremiah Bradford causing internal injuries that lead to his death. The boy's mother, Patricia Cage, is also facing a murder charge for not taking action to help her son. Patricia Cage is facing charges because prosecutors say she did not take action to protect her son from abuse at the hands of Starwalt, and also did not seek medical attention for her son the night he was fatally injured. Police responded to the report of help needed along Route 3 at 143 on September 25, 2010 when they found the couple with the boy. At the time, the couple claimed the boy fell and were on their way to the hospital. If the guilty plea is withdrawn, Starwalt could again face a sentence of up to 100 years in jail. A new hearing is set for March 21 in Madison County Court.