Grandpa pleads no contest after the 8-year-old driver dies

TROY, Can. – A northeast Kansas man whose 8-year-old granddaughter was killed in a crash if they drove him home from church, has pleaded no contest in her death.

The St. Joseph News-Press ( ) reports that Dennis Meers, of St. Joseph, went the plea for a strengthened 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 was previously sentenced to two years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the crime of driving on a revoked driver’s license. In 1996 and 2001, Meers was convicted in Missouri on charges of a persistent offender for driving under the influence.


Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri,

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