Benjamin Arends was sentenced by a judge in Marshalltown for the November 2001 death of his girlfriend’s toddler. B.J. Arends was sentenced in Marshall County District Court this afternoon on convictions of voluntary manslaughter and child endangerment. He’s sentenced to five years in jail and a 750 dollar fine on the manslaughter conviction, and another two years on the child endangerment charge. The jail sentences will be served consecutively and will also involve paying restitution of $150,000 to the estate of two-year-old Jesse Snyder. Attorneys for Arends say they will appeal the verdicts, and the sentences.
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