Resentencing ordered for man imprisoned for boy’s beatings

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Appeals Court has ordered a resentencing for a man imprisoned for beating an 11-year-old boy.

The Sioux City Journal reports that the court ruled Wednesday that the trial judge considered an improper sentencing factor when giving 36-year-old Matthew Spaans four years in prison.

Spaans and his wife, Nina Spaans, of Hawarden, pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangerment. She received a four-year suspended prison sentence and was placed on two years of probation.

Records say Matthew Spaans beat his stepson with his hands, a 56-inch sword and another item, severely bruising the boy. The documents say the boy was told to make up stories about his bruises or his next beating would be worse.

Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com