Today a former Casper police officer was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to felony child abuse and misdemeanor child endangering last year.
With her husband by her side, Laura Starnes Wells entered the courthouse where the judge accepted her plea deal with the state.
Reports say Wells turned herself into police two weeks after a warrant was issued for her arrest last February for the crimes of child abuse and child endangering.
Her husband Todd Wells was also charged with the misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, which was later dismissed by the state.
Court papers say Wells issued severe punishment to the two kids while they were in her care including: extreme neglect, abandonment, confusion, desolation, isolation and more.
Wells accepted a 301 plea deal with the state, where if she completes probation, she will not be convicted felon.
She was also sentence to a year in prison suspended for another year of probation for the child endangering.
Before her sentence was imposed Wells spoke a tearful statement, “Though I was hard on the kids, I truly do love them. …I stand before you a bit broken and I will continue to pick up the pieces. At this time I relinquish my custody."
Her attorney says this case left a bitter taste in his mouth.
After the hearing those following the case expressed their dismay at the ruling and called Wells, “a monster” for what she had done to the children involved.