Grandfather pleads no contest after 8-year-old driver dies

     (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

her death.

     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

while intoxicated.


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