- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A Klamath County couple was sentenced to more than seven years in prison each for the death of one of their 18-month-old twins.

The Herald and News reports (http://goo.gl/G8VkC5 ) that Thomas Hevener and Danielle Hevener were sentenced Friday to 86 months in prison after being convicted of child neglect.

As part of a plea agreement, charges of manslaughter were dropped.

Lawyers for the couple had asked for probation, claiming the Heveners had no malicious intent and are in need of ongoing mental health treatment.

The body of Jeffrey Hevener was found in February 2014. The cause of death was determined to be accidental strangulation.

Authorities say their five children were locked in their rooms 14 hours a day.

The surviving twin and other children are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

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Information from: Herald and News, http://www.heraldandnews.com

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