Katie Payne had her day in Kearney County District Court on Nov. 2 with a much different outcome than her three co-defendants – Dustin Scoville, Sharon Turnell and Charles Turnell – following the death of four-year old Landon Payne in December of 2009.
Payne was given five years probation by District Court Judge Stephen Illingworth after pleading no contest in September to a charge of a single count of intentionally committing child abuse without injury, a Class 3A felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of $10,000.
Scoville and Sharon Turnell each were given the maximum sentence of 49 to 50 years in jail while Charles Turnell was given a sentence of 19 to 20 years in jail at the September 20 sentencing.
A very relieved and emotional Payne cried and hugged a small group of supporters in the courtroom.
Deputy State Attorney General Mike Guinan represented the state in the case and opened with statements about the case.
“We all are familiar with the facts in the death of Landon Payne,” stated Guinan. “I asked the court not to take pity on any of those defendants and sentence them to the maximum and at that sentencing if anyone should receive mercy it should be Katie Payne.”
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