Barney David Savedra
Adams County DA via Denver7
Barney David Savedra

A stepfather was sentenced Friday to 70 years in prison for beating his 5-year-old stepson to death.

Barney David Savedra, 32, was sentenced for second-degree murder and first-degree assault, according to an Adams County District Attorney’s news release.

On April 8, 2018, deputies responding to a 911 call to an apartment complex at 6440 Tennyson St. found 5-year-old Malachi Perkins unresponsive on the floor at the entryway of an apartment, the news release stated. He was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center.

Savedra was caring for the boy while his mother was at work.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Ally Baber told the court, according to the news release, that Savedra had brutally beaten the boy, causing lethal injuries.

“Malachi deserves for the truth to be told about how he was brutally murdered that evening,” Baber said in the news release. “I can’t imagine Malachi’s last moments alive as his stepfather, the person who was supposed to love and protect him, was beating him to death.”

Baber described Malachi as a “sweet, innocent, little 5-year-old boy.”

Siblings told investigators about numerous “prior incidents of physical abuse against Malachi” prior to the murder, the release stated.

An autopsy report revealed that Malachi suffered “multiple blunt force injuries including a lacerated and transected spleen, fractured ribs, lacerated lungs, hemorrhaging on the pancreas, laceration inside the kidney, contusion on the adrenal gland, and a lacerated liver.”

At the time of his death, Malachi’s head, scalp, face, neck, arms, chest, abdomen and back were covered in new and healing bruises, lacerations and abrasions, the release stated.

Savedra pleaded guilty in May as part of a plea agreement that stipulated the 70-year sentence.