PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Michael Sisk, the alleged leader of a gang of drifters, will spend nearly six decades in prison for the murder of Tammie Garlin and the horrific abuse of her young son.
"You've done things that have been horrendous," said Judge Alan J. White, Columbia County Circuit Court.
Michael Sisk, 27, sat and listened to testimony reliving the murder of Tammie Garlin and the abuse and subsequent imprisonment of her son.
"It strikes me as being incredible that you would come to that point that that young boy wasn't being hurt and was suffering the type of suffering that no one should have to endure," said Judge White.
UW Children's Hospital pediatrician Barbara Knox said the boy looked like a concentration camp survivor when rescued by police. He was beaten, severely burned, and needed several fingers and toes amputated.
"He had to go back and re-learn some of life's most simple tasks that all of us take for granted," Knox said. "In addition, he has required extensive psychiatric follow-up."
In a prepared statement, Sisk apologized. He asked the court for mercy and begged for forgiveness from the 11-year-old boy he tortured.
"I wish I could go back and stop everything from happening," said Sisk. "I wish I could trade places with him, so he wouldn't have to go through all the pain he went through. I want to say how sorry I am to him that his mother's gone."
The judge ordered Michael Sisk to spend at least 58 years in prison. Prosecutors say they're satisfied with the ruling.
"He's going to be in prison until he's a very old man," said Jane Kohlwey, Columbia County District Attorney. "That's appropriate -- we have to protect the public. We have to also serve the victims here. They needed to know this man was going to be behind bars and they would not have to face him."
Michael Sisk will be 85 years old when he is released from prison. After that, the judge sentenced him to 47 years of extended supervision. Sisk had faced a maximum sentence of 136 years behind bars.
Sisk pleaded guilty to some charges and no contest to others in August but tried to back out of his plea deal earlier this month. He claimed he didn't understand how much time he may have to serve. The judge denied his request.
Earlier this year, the other two defendants -- Candice Clark and Micheala Clerc -- were convicted for their roles in the crimes. They'll serve 55 and 37 years in prison, respectively.