Ala. man gets 5 years in assault on niece

Ala. man gets 5 years in assault on niece (Image 1)
Ala. man gets 5 years in assault on niece (Image 1)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge in Montgomery has sentenced a man to five years in prison for an assault that cost his niece both of her legs and part of an arm.

Judge Johnny Hardwick sentenced Brian Crumpton on Thursday. Crumpton pleaded guilty to a reduced assault charge after jurors deadlocked on a more serious charge.

Crumpton was accused of causing a pot of boiling water to splash on niece Jessie Crumpton West in December. She suffered second- and third-degree burns and eventually needed both legs and part of her right arm amputated.

Accounts of how the pot came off the stove varied. But the Montgomery Advertiser reports the defense contends Crumpton didn't mean to harm West.

The judge also ordered Crumpton to pay almost $1.5 million in restitution.

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