(Burlington, Ky.) - A Hebron father whose conviction for manslaughter in the death of his infant daughter was overturned on appeal is now pleading guilty.
Benjamin Senseman was convicted of murder and criminal abuse in 2010 for the 2009 death of two-month-old Chloe Senseman. Prosecutors argued that the baby suffered fatal injuries by having her head shoved into the corner of a playpen.
His wife, Laura Senseman, was also tried but acquitted. Defense lawyers argued that neither parent harmed the child and that the injuries may have been caused by their then two-year-old son.
Senseman was given 15 years in prison following his conviction. However, last year the Kentucky Court Appeals overturned the conviction, agreeing that the father’s confession was coerced by Boone County detectives.
While awaiting a new trial, Senseman entered an Alford guilty plea in Boone County court yesterday to reduced charges of reckless homicide and second-degree criminal abuse, according to the Kentucky Enquirer. An Alford plea means that Senseman does not admit he killed Chloe, but acknowledges that there is enough evidence to convict him.
Senseman will be sentenced to six years when his formal sentencing takes place April 10, but he will be immediately eligible for parole for the time already served in jail and prison. Kentucky law allows some convicts to be eligible for parole after serving 15 percent of their sentence.
The Enquirer reported that Laura Senseman and the couple’s son have moved to Indiana.