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August 17, 2013

Man gets 4 years in prison for neglect

O'Bannon pleaded guilty in alcohol poisoning case.

A 21-year-old man charged with neglect in an alcohol poisoning case involving a set of 2-year-old twins was sentenced to four years in prison Friday.

Joel O’Bannon pleaded guilty in Howard Superior Court 4 to two Class D felony counts of child neglect as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Kokomo police arrested O’Bannon in March and initially charged him with two Class C felony child neglect charges after finding a set of 2-year-old twins suffering from alcohol poisoning.

As part of the plea, the charges were reduced to a Class D felony.

After accepting the plea, Judge George Hopkins sentenced O’Bannon to two years on each charge with the sentences to run consecutively.

Police found the children suffering from alcohol poisoning after officers responded to an incomplete 911 call at a residence in Indian Heights, police reports stated.

Both 2-year-olds were later airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital and admitted for alcohol poisoning. No information was available on the twins’ health.

O’Bannon was charged with neglect since he was the only adult with the children, Sgt. Doug Stout said in a media release after O’Bannon’s arrest.

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