(AP) – A northeast Kansas man whose 8-year-old granddaughter was
killed in a crash as she drove him home from church has pleaded no contest in
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Dennis Meers, of St. Joseph, entered
the plea to an aggravated child endangerment charge last week. Sentencing is set
for Feb. 6.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says Cadence Orcutt was killed in November 2015 when
the car she was driving plunged down an embankment and overturned in rural
Doniphan County. Meers was injured.
Meers previously was sentenced to two years in the Missouri Department of
Corrections for felony driving on a revoked license. In 1996 and 2001, Meers was
convicted in Missouri on charges of being a persistent offender for driving
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