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Former Troy man convicted of Jessica’s Law charges

Release Date: May 23, 2016

TROY – (May 23, 2016) – A former Troy man currently living in Atchison was convicted last week of sex crimes against children that fall under Jessica’s Law, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Heath Umphenour, 42, was found guilty Friday by a Doniphan County jury of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of breach of privacy. Four of these charges fall under Jessica’s Law because the victim was under 14 years of age. The jury also acquitted Umphenour of eight other charges.

Chief Judge James A. Patton presided over the trial. Sentencing has been set for July 7 at 9 a.m. in Doniphan County District Court. Under Kansas law, the Jessica’s Law counts carry a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

The crimes were committed between April 2011 and November 2012. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Attorney General Adam Zentner of Schmidt’s office and Charles Baskins, Doniphan County Attorney, prosecuted the case.

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