A woman and her husband, a man who used to serve in the US Army, are set to be re-sentenced in a high-profile child abuse case after a federal appeals court ordered that the trial court erred in the initial sentencing.
The couple resided in the Picatinny Arsenal, which is located in Rockaway Township, NJ.
According to federal authorities, the suspects abused their three adopted children over a period that lasted at least four years. The physical abuse reportedly entailed savage beatings that resulted in severe physical trauma. Additionally, the suspects allegedly withheld needed medical care from the kids.
After an investigation into child abuse allegations, the suspects were arrested by authorities and charged with federal crimes. Among the charges brought against the suspects were multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
In July 2015, the suspects were convicted at trial and then punished. The female suspect was sentenced to 24 months in prison, while the male suspect was sentenced to three years of probation.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, which had asked for far more severe penalties, appealed the sentences. Now a federal appeals court has declared that the trial court sentencing was not reasonable. As a result, the suspects will now be re-sentenced in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Army Couple Accused of Abusing Their 3 Kids May Get Stiffer Sentences.”