1 Murder Charge Stands, 1 Dropped In Word of Life Beating Death Case

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Six charges have been dropped against the father of two boys who were brutally beaten in a Chadwicks church sanctuary.

Bruce Leonard is still charged with one count of murder in the beating death of his son, Lucas Leonard, but one count of murder was dropped in Oneida County Court on Wednesday.

Five counts of kidnapping were also dropped.

In addition to murder, Bruce Leonard is still charged in connection with the beating, which hospitalized another son, Christopher Leonard.

The man will return to court on May 12 for a suppression hearing.

Numerous church members were charged in connection with the incident.

Prosecutors say the Irwins and the Moreys “exercised control” over the Leonard family.

The boys’ mother, Deborah Leonard, has pleaded guilty to first and second-degree assault in connection with the beatings, and will receive a sentence of five years in prison.

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