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Judge orders Dale, Leilani Neumann to serve jail time

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wausau area couple convicted over four years ago for praying instead of getting medical help for their dying daughter must finally go to jail.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Huber said no Thursday to throwing out six month jail terms for Dale and Leilani Neumann -- sentences that were on hold while the couple tried and failed to win appeals of their 2009 convictions all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Huber said the two must go to jail in September, and serve one month a year for six years during their 10 year probation terms.

Appearing by phone, Leilani Neumann said the massive publicity about the case degraded her -- but the judge said the seriousness of the crimes required at least some incarceration.

The Neumanns were convicted of reckless homicide in a pair of nationally watched religious freedom cases. Their 11-year-old daughter Kara died from complications of diabetes -- and her parents tried prayer healing instead of going to doctors who said they could have treated her.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)