Payson woman sentenced for hitting, killing boy while driving under the influence

Posted at 11:58 AM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 22:15:46-05

PROVO, Utah — A Payson woman who pleaded guilty in October to causing a boy's death by operating a vehicle negligently was given her sentence Wednesday.

Tabatha Magoon will spend one to five years in prison for causing the death of 8-year-old Kaydon Sillitoe on March 20.

According to court documents, a urinalysis showed Magoon had amphetamines, opiates, methamphetamine and oxycodone in her system when she struck Kaydon with her vehicle in a Payson neighborhood.

Kaydon was riding a skateboard he received as a birthday present the day before his death. His family was in court Wednesday to hear the sentence.

“He was the sweetest cutest boy,” said Kaydon’s dad, Brandon Sillitoe. “He had the cutest high-pitched voice when he as trying to be cute. He sounded so dorky, I just miss that.”

Magoon struck a plea deal in the case in October, in which she agreed to plead guilty and serve time in prison in exchange for pleading to a reduced charge. The charge of operating a vehicle negligently, causing injury or death was reduced from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony as part of the plea arrangement.

Magoon's sentence is running concurrently with the one-year sentence she was given for possession of a controlled substance.

Brandon Sillitoe, Kaydon's father, said he isn't satisfied with the sentence.

"I don't call it justice. I just think it's a consequence for her actions and is a very slim slap on the wrist," Brandon Sillitoe said.

Kayden's mother, Kaylee Hope, also spoke.

“She took the most precious thing I have ever had, the most precious thing I ever made,” Hope said. “We are never going to heal from this. I’m never going to be whole again.”