Abel Wolf sentenced to three life terms in Okla.
DURANT, Okla — An Oklahoma judge has sentenced a man to three life imprisonment terms, plus five years, for child abuse and moving the remains of his 12-year-old daughter from Oklahoma to Havre to Oregon.
District Judge Mark Campbell imposed the life terms Thursday on Abel Wolf for enabling child abuse and child abuse by neglect. Wolf received five years for unlawful removal of a dead body.
Wolf and his wife, Denise, were arrested in 2009 in Havre after local authorities received a tip from an Oklahoma detective. Cheyenne's remains were found in a Milton-Freewater, Ore., storage unit.
Prosecutors say Denise Wolf abused Cheyenne when they lived near Bokchito. Cheyenne died in April 2008, but her death wasn't disclosed.
Instead, Denise and Abel Wolf chose to keep Cheyenne's remain in a plastic storage container they moved with them to Havre, before putting it in the Oregon storage unit.
The Durant Daily Democrat reports that Abel Wolf told Campbell he was too weak to stop Cheyenne's abuse.
They add that Abel admitted to know of Denise's abuse, including tying Cheyenne to a bed at night or to a chair when the family left the house, but he claims he never saw his wife hit Cheyenne, though he heard thuds.
Abel's sentence was for concurrent life terms, as he entered a guilty plea to spare family from another trial.
Last month, Denise Wolf was sentenced to five consecutive life terms for her part in the crime.