- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MCCOOK, Neb. (AP) - A southwest Nebraska man convicted of beating his teenage daughters has been given 45 days in jail, three years of probation and must take anger management and other classes.

James Geihsler, 35, of rural McCook, was sentenced earlier this month, according to The McCook Daily Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Jqun7v ). Geihsler had pleaded no contest and was convicted of felony intentional child abuse without injury and misdemeanor negligent child abuse without injury. Prosecutors had lowered one of the charges and dropped a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault in return for Geihsler’s pleas.

The charges were filed after Red Willow County authorities investigated reports of assaults on the girls, both 13, and Geihsler’s wife that authorities say occurred on Sept. 23. A classmate told staff members at Southwest High School about what the girls said their dad did to them and their stepmother. School officials called the sheriff’s office.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the girls said Geihsler had gotten mad at them because they didn’t take the bus home from school. One of the girl said that after he picked them up from the school in Indianola, he yelled at them and punched them, saying if they blocked the blows they’d die. The girl also said that he kept repeating that the girls had two choices: “Get punched to death or choked to death.”

The affidavit also says Geihsler’s wife reported that he punched her when he and the girls got home and then struck one of her legs with a tree branch.

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Information from: McCook Daily Gazette, https://www.mccookgazette.com

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