Man Sentenced for Tying Up Son
Jan. 29, 2002
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) _ A man accused of tying up his 7-year-old son and forcing him to touch a dead body has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Sean Von Eric Marshall was also sentenced Monday to 18 months probation and will receive counseling and parenting classes for the misdemeanor child abuse charge.
Authorities said Marshall was punishing the child last August when he allegedly tied himself to the boy, took him to a funeral home and forced him to touch a corpse.
Marshall also allegedly bound the boy's hands and feet, letting him free only to go to the bathroom or to sleep, then taped the boy's mouth when he tried to chew threw the ropes.
Marshall's attorney said his client, who no longer has custody of the 7-year-old but also has a 1-year-old at home, was remorseful and has admitted he didn't have adequate parenting skills.
``He's willing to do whatever it takes to become a better parent,'' Blaine Gillett said.
Prosecutor Jeff Meyer said he thought the sentence was fair. ``We've done the best that we could to ensure that any child connected to Marshall will not be subjected to abuse in the future,'' he said.