HASTINGS, Nebraska — A southern Nebraska man has again been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for killing his 2-year-old grandson.
Fifty-one-year-old Peter Draper was sentenced Monday morning in Adams County District Court. He was given 60 years for intentional child abuse resulting in death and 49-50 years for intentional child abuse resulting in serious injury. Judge Stephen Illingworth ordered that the sentences be served consecutively. Illingworth meted out the same sentences after Draper's first trial.
The state Supreme Court in January overturned the Naponee man's 2013 convictions in the death of Joseph Rinehart Jr. and granted him a new trial. The little boy died April 30, 2012.
Draper had appealed on the grounds that his wife should not have been allowed to be called as a witness for the prosecution.