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Jury finds father guilty of locking children away

Posted at 2:28 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 15:28:14-04

A jury found a Tulsa father guilty Thursday for locking away his children in a home without running water or air conditioning.

Adam Hemphill was found guilty of child neglect and jurors recommended a sentence of 25 years.

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Back in June 2017, officers found four children, ages 10 to 11, found around 5 a.m. near 25th and Garnett without adult supervision and barricaded inside the home, and the front door blocked by a bunk bed.

“I am very pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Assistant District Attorney, Katie Koljack, who prosecuted the case.  “The punishment of 25 years in the Department of Corrections correctly reflects the horror of what this defendant put his children through.  I was so proud of the children and how brave they were to testify.”

Hemphill's sentencing will take place on September 28.

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