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Judge denies Dale and Leilani Neumann's request for no jail time in prayer death case

Dale and Leilani Neumann
Dale and Leilani Neumann

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- All motions from the Dale and Leilani Neumann concerning their sentencing were denied today in Marathon County Court.

The two were convicted in 2008 of the reckless homicide of their daughter Kara who died from untreated diabetes and acute ketoacidosis. They were asking Judge Greg Huber to remove a staggered 6 months in jail from their sentence in the case. That sentence was on hold during the appeals process. The Neumanns lost a State Supreme Court appeal and their request for a hearing at the US Supreme Court was denied.

Appearing by phone, Leilani Neumann told the court that the trial and the publicity has degraded her publicly and that hardship has brought her new wisdom and light and deepened her faith in God and asked the judge for mercy.

ADA Lance Leonhard said that all the points in the Neumann's motion were already addressed at the time of their sentencing and that nothing has changed to warrant a reduction in the jail time, and that the Neumanns had never brought their sentencing up for appeal.

Huber denied that request, but would allow the Neumanns to start serving their sentences this September so long as all 6 months in jail are served by the end of their probation.