Emery County Man Sentenced for Endangering Children

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After a woman shot and killed herself inside his home in July, Ferron resident Randy Behling was sentenced for child endangerment in 7th District Court on Tuesday.

Behling was taken into the custody of the Emery County Sheriff’s Office at the end of July and charged with felony manslaughter, four counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence.

On July 28, 2012 Behling called 911 claiming his acquaintance, 22-year-old Alisa A. Weston, had shot herself in the chest. When first on scene authorities were not exactly sure how the scenario had played out, except there were children in the home when the incident occurred.

When toxicology reports were released it was discovered that not only was Behling intoxicated at the time of the incident, but Weston was as well. After further investigation the prosecution stated in court Tuesday, there was no doubt that Weston did shoot herself, but the loaded weapon had been provided to her by Behling in his residence. Authorities also reported Behling had waited ten minutes after the time Weston shot herself to call 911.

In October Behling appeared before Judge Douglas B. Thomas and plead guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment. В In doing so, charges of felony manslaughter, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence were dropped.

Thomas decided  that although Alisa A. Weston did shoot herself inside Behling’s home, Behling was not directly responsible for Weston’s death and sentenced him to six months in jail with the allowance of work release. Behling was also ordered to serve three years probation, pay a $1,500 fine, and complete any counseling recommended by his probation officer.

As previously ordered by the court Behling completed a 60-day sobriety program, but Behling was ordered to steer clear of all alcohol and controlled substances.

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