PETERSBURG, Virginia – A former University of Richmond basketball star has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for killing his 5-year-old son and hiding the boy’s body in a freezer for over two years. State circuit court records reviewed by Law&Crime show that Kassceen Weaver, 51, was ordered to serve a 20-year sentence for the murder, with an additional 10 years for child neglect and 5 years for concealing the body, all to be served concurrently.
Weaver’s ex-wife, Dina Weaver, was initially arrested and charged in connection to the boy’s death, but those charges were later dropped after allegations of her being a victim of abuse by her husband came to light. The boy’s remains were discovered in May 2021, although authorities believe he was killed on October 23, 2018, and then stored in a freezer in the family’s garage.
In addition to charges related to the boy’s body, Weaver was also charged with abusing his wife, with authorities stating that he had “manipulated” her and that she had suffered years of abuse at his hands. The investigation into Weaver began when his brother-in-law raised concerns about his sister being in a domestic violence situation. The brother-in-law also revealed that Weaver’s wife had mentioned their “deceased son” and how he had been dead for about two years.
Weaver’s wife testified that on the night of their son’s death, Weaver called her to say that their son had lost consciousness and stopped breathing. She claimed that Weaver attempted CPR, but when it didn’t work, he refused to call for medical assistance and later wrapped their son’s body and placed it in the freezer. Weaver faced a maximum of 55 years in prison but was ultimately sentenced to 20 years for the murder, 10 years for child neglect, and 5 years for concealing the body.