Father in 2008 'Prayer Death' Begins Serving Jail Sentence

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A Weston man convicted of second degree reckless homicide in the death of their daughter has begun serving his sentence more than six years after the girl's death.

Dale and Leilani Neumann were convicted in separate trials in the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Kara in March 2008. She died from untreated diabetes, which her parents had tried to heal with prayer.

Dale Neumann, 52, will remain in custody in the Marathon County Jail until October 1. The couple was sentenced to six months in jail, 10 years of probation and community service. Dale and Leilani will serve a month at a time at separate times during a six year span. It's unclear when Leilani, 46, will begin serving her sentence.

In January, Marathon County Judge Greg Huber agreed with the state's motion to end a stay that delayed serving their sentence as they appealed their convictions. The State Supreme Court upheld that conviction last year.

The Neumanns' attorney argued there was no reason for them to go to jail, since they have suffered enough.

The judge did allow the jail time for Dale to be delayed from March until September after their attorney said they needed more time to get their financial affairs in order. The couple also has three other children.

The judge ruled it did not matter when the time is served, as long as it was served before the end of the 10-year probation.

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