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Cal City couple receives life sentences in case missing adopted children

Trezell and Jacqueline West receive sentence for death and disappearance of Orrin and Orson West
Orrin and Orson West
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Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-29 12:39:10-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California City couple convicted in the death and disappearance of their adoptive sons, Orrin and Orson West, have been sentenced to 15-years to life in prison.

“Our family lost the boys, they’re still missing, we don’t have nothing we’re still wondering where they’re at," said Keisha Stevenson, a friend of the biological family.

It’s been a difficult three years for the family and loved ones of four-year-old Orrin and three-year-old Orson West, born Cincere and Classic Pettus. Years filled with heartbreak, months of investigations, and weeks of painful testimony.

“I’ve never met Cincere and Classic obviously," said lead prosecutor Eric Smith. "I went in every day to fight for their justice because they deserved it.”

After reporting their adoptive sons missing in December 2020, Trezell and Jacqueline were found guilty of second-degree murder among other charges this past May.

Jaqueline's attorney Alekxia Torres Stallings plead with the court to sentence her client to probation, arguing that Jacqueline had already lost everything.

“Jaqueline West is not the victim," responded Judge Charles Brehmer, as he denied Torres Stallings plea.

Brehmer handed down a sentence of 15-years to life for both Trezell and Jacqueline on the count of second-degree murder, plus four years for willful cruelty to a child. The sentences will run concurrently.

Loved ones of the family waited patiently inside the courtroom to confront the defendant, only they didn’t get that chance.

“We are hurt for the simple fact of what was the point of writing those victim impact statements if we couldn’t read them? We wrote those," Stevenson said.

The family expected to read impact statements in the courtroom were told that only the court would consider what was written. Even though those statements were considered by the court, the family felt they deserved the opportunity to confront the couple and ask one more time for them reveal where boys bodies are.

The jury convicted the couple on five of the seven counts.

District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said her office declined to seek a retrial on the two remaining counts, out of consideration for the Wests' other children.