Heald Verdict

Updated 7 years ago

(WABI) – A Knox County judge has ordered that Randy Heald to educate adults and children on the dangers of being on railroad tracks.

The sentence comes despite the fact that a jury found Heald was not guilty of criminal tresspassing. A mistrial was declared on the charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Heald was one of four people who were fishing from a train tressle last April when a train suddenly appeared.

They all ran for it, but 11-year-old Nathan Cheng stumbled and was killed by the train.

26-year-old Aaron Staples later died from injuries he received while trying to save the boy.

The jury deliberated foreleven hours before reaching their decisions Thursday afternoon.


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