- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A 39-year-old northern Oklahoma man has been sentenced to life in prison in Missouri for sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy three years ago.

The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/1I0gBL9 ) reports Chad Sebeniecher of Miami, Oklahoma, was sentenced Monday in Jasper County, Missouri, to two concurrent life terms after being convicted last month of two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.

The victim, who is now 8, says Sebeniecher threatened to shoot the boy’s mother if he ever told anyone what he was doing to him.

The mother first learned of the abuse from the victim after his older brother told her the younger boy was keeping a secret from her.

Jurors deliberated 40 minutes before finding Sebeniecher guilty in June, and even less time to decide he should two life sentences.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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