MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) — A Marshall County man pled guilty relating to the death of his 3-month-old baby.
Messner did so under an Alford plea, where Marshall County Prosecutor Joe Canestraro says it makes Messner convicted but does not detail out Messner’s actions.
Under the Alford plea, Daniel Messner pled guilty to three felony offenses: One count of voluntary manslaughter (homicide), one count of child neglect resulting in death, and one count of malicious assault.
Messner does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence. In entering this plea, Messner admits that the evidence presented by the prosecution would likely persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
His sentencing will be argued at a later date. The sentencing for voluntary manslaughter could bring 3-15 years, child neglect could bring 3-15 years and the malicious assault charge could bring 2-10 years in jail.
Prosecutor Canestraro, his assistant, and Eric Gordan led this trial against Messner Wednesday afternoon. Canestraro says he will hold comment until after the sentencing.