Creston Man Sentenced for Harsh Discipline of Kids


COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) -- A 44-year-old Creston man has been given 30 to 36 months in prison for physically abusing two of his girlfriend's children.

According to the Columbus Telegram, Larry Einspahr Jr. last week was given credit for 150 days already served.

Online court records show he'd pleaded no contest and was convicted of two counts of negligent child abuse.

Einspahr's girlfriend, 42-year-old Janelle Gertsch, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of child abuse that officials say occurred over three months last fall.

Gertsch and Einspahr were accused of abusing Gertsch's 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

Gertsch had adopted the two and another child but has since divorced the man she was married to at the time. Officials described the abuse as excessive discipline.