UPDATE: Weston Couple to begin Serving Jail Time in Prayer Death Case

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UPDATE: Thurs 3:18 PM, Jan. 30, 2014

Dale and Leilani Neumann will have to serve jail time for the 2008 death of their daughter.

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 is no reason for them to go to jail, since they have suffered enough. But Marathon Count A.D.A. Lance Leonhard countered Judge Vincent Howard addressed all those same concerns at the original sentencing.

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

The couple was sentenced to six months in jail, 10 years of probation and community service. With Dale and Leilani serving a month at a time at separate times over six-years.

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 judge said it doesn't matter when the time is served, as long as it's served before the end of the 10-year probation.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 3:30 PM, Jan. 30, 2014

The Weston couple convicted of second degree reckless homicide in the death of their daughter is due in court Thursday (1/30/14).

Almost 6-years after the little girl died, they may finally have to start serving their sentence.

Dale and Leilani Neumann were sentenced to a month in jail once a year for 6-years, 10-years probation and community service.

But the judge put the sentence on hold as they appealed.

Last July, the State Supreme Court upheld the conviction and prosecutors made a motion for the sentence to begin.

A hearing on that motion is set for Thursday.

The Neumanns prayed for the little girl, 11-year old Kara instead of taking her to the doctor and she died of untreated diabetes in 2008.


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