PHOENIX - The father of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who authorities say died after another relative stuffed her in a footlocker has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted child abuse.
David Martin Deal isn't charged in the July 2011 death of his daughter Ame Deal in Phoenix. But the 53-year-old had admitted putting her into the plastic box and throwing it into a pool about a year before she was killed.
The girl's legal guardian and aunt was also set to be sentenced after pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and one count of attempted child abuse.
Forty-five-year-old Cynthia Stoltzmann's hearing has been delayed until July 24. David Martin Deal was sentenced Thursday.
Two other relatives have pleaded not guilty to murder in Ame's death.