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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Defendant sentenced to jail, probation in child endangerment case

  • A Missouri man has been sentenced in Leavenworth County to 60 days in jail and probation for endangering children and furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to a prosecution official.
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  • A Missouri man has been sentenced in Leavenworth County to 60 days in jail and probation for endangering children and furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to a prosecution official.
    Byron Verning, 42, St. Joseph, Mo., was sentenced Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for two counts of aggravated endangering a child and one count of furnishing alcoholic liquor to a minor, according to a news release from County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    The charges stemmed from a Jan. 21, 2012, incident during which Verning took two 16-year-old girls from Missouri to Heims Lake in Leavenworth County in order to spend the night in a camper. He reportedly supplied alcohol to the girls throughout the afternoon and evening while they were at the lake, according to the release.
    A statement written by one of the victims was read to the judge during the sentencing hearing. The victim's parents also addressed the court regarding the impact of the crime on their daughter.
    Verning had pleaded to the charges in February.
    He received a suspended prison sentence for the aggravated endangering a child charges and will be placed on probation for 12 months. He was ordered to serve 60 days in jail for the furnishing alcohol to a minor charge, according to the release.

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