Bruce, Deborah Leonard sentenced in deadly Word of Life beating case

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The mother and father of two brothers who suffered severe beatings in the Word of Life Church sanctuary in Chadwicks that led to one boy’s death were sentenced on Monday.

Bruce Leonard was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, while Deborah Leonard was sentenced to five years, according to WUTR-TV reporter Nicole Todd.

Lucas Leonard died from injuries he sustained in the church.

His brother, Christopher, suffered severe injuries.

In June 2016, their father pleaded guilty to beating his two teenage sons with a power cord.

Deborah Leonard pleaded guilty in December 2015 to first-degree assault in connection with the beating.

More than a half dozen people were prosecuted in connection with the incident.

The two were whipped and beaten after a Church counseling session– Pastor Tiffanie Irwin accused them of wanting to leave the church, practicing witchcraft and molesting their family members. 

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