Man gets probation after young granddaughter dies in wreck

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

TROY, Kan. (AP) _ A man whose 8-year-old granddaughter died in a car wreck when he let her drive him home from church was placed on one year of probation.

Dennis Meers, of St. Joseph, Missouri, was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest in December to child endangerment. Investigators say Meers’ granddaughter, Cadence Orcutt, of Troy, Kansas, died in November 2015 when the car she was driving went down an embankment and overturned in Doniphan County, Kansas.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Meers will serve 11 months in prison if he fails his probation.

Meers previously was sentenced to two years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for felony driving on a revoked license. In 1996 and 2001, Meers was convicted in Missouri of being a persistent offender for driving while intoxicated.

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

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.