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Robert Shrout

Ronda Shrout

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:13 pm | Updated: 1:17 pm, Tue Sep 11, 2012.

Sentencing was scheduled for today for a Laclede County couple who were convicted of second-degree involuntary manslaughter in May.

Ronda and Robert Shrout each faced a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree in their April bench trial.

Twenty-sixth Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Kenneth Hayden found both the Shrouts guilty of a lesser charge, involuntary manslaughter in the second degree, when he announced his verdict in May.

Involuntary manslaughter in the second degree is a Class D felony with a maximum prison sentence of four years. A conviction for the first-degree charge, a Class C felony, would have carried a sentence of up to seven years.

The Shrouts’ sentences had not been announced as of press time today.

In announcing his verdict, the judge did not find that the Shrouts had acted “recklessly” in causing Aaron Eugene Johnson’s death, but he did hold them responsible for not acting as any reasonable person would have acted to take care of Johnson, who was mentally retarded and had exhibited several behavioral problems.

Emergency responders were dispatched on Jan. 24, 2006, to the couple’s mobile home on Cool Water Drive in Falcon after the family had called to report Johnson was not responding.

Johnson was lying on a urine-soaked mattress on a floor in a bedroom. The bottom pane of the window had been broken. A tarp covered the floor, and a bucket that had been used as a toilet sat in a corner.

Johnson was covered with open sores, bruises and abrasions, but what killed him was bronchopneumonia, according to the autopsy report.

The Shrouts were arrested and charged four months later.

Both waived their rights to a jury trial and were tried before Hayden April 23-25.

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  • kim archer posted at 12:33 pm on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    kim archer Posts: 4

    I am Ronda's sister in Law, and I can speak for her Family that lives in Central Missouri which is were she is from, WE ARE SICKENED BY WHAT SHE AND BOB DID AND ARE VERY UPSET ABOUT THE MEAR SLAP ON THE WRIST THEY GOT.... My husband i took in her 3 kids that were still minors at the time this happened and placed in foster care, And lets say our dealings with there foster care system was to say nicely a Nitemare.... Yes her oldest daughter has a child, to our knowledge this is her only grandchild, and Aarons twin was removed at the time of Aarons death and placed in a group/nurseing home type setting for his care. I agree they should not be allowed to have any child in there care even for a hr. I am ashamed to say i am related to her, but yet she does live 2 hrs away from all of us.........If anyone does know her other 3 children do not punish them for there mothers and stepfathers doings,,,,,,they as well have been damaged by them in mays that will take many yrs to undo.

  • LebanonCitizen posted at 8:49 am on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    LebanonCitizen Posts: 8

    am sickened by the slap on the hand judge Hayden gave these 2!This is an outrage!!Laclede county already has a bad reputation for how they handle their foster care system and DELAY adoption of foster kids by foster parents that have had them a long time/ since birth... which is not in accordance with sec. 453.8. Now this! My mother in law, a breast cancer survivor, about 5 yrs ago at 59, scratched her boyfriend's car with her keys after she walked in her house to find her long time boyfriend in bed with someone else. With Darrell Deputy as her attorney she was sentenced to 6 months in jail and four years probabtion. I am not saying the $800 property damage to the car was ok or the answer .... but these people killed this disabled boy and basically got a slap on the hands! a lesser punishment than she got & she had never so much as had a speeding ticket - ever! This makes me so upset! Where is NANCY GRACE when you need her!

  • Asoldiershippie posted at 8:21 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    Asoldiershippie Posts: 1

    She has two daughter and a son.But they are over 18 or about to turn 18.Plus the twin to the poor child they killed. and Her daughters have babies. I think Bob and Ronda shouldnt be allowed to be around children.

  • ozzieowner posted at 6:43 pm on Tue, Sep 11, 2012.

    ozzieowner Posts: 2

    why did I see HER shopping in walmart on sunday with a little girl? why were they allowed to run around free for YEARS after their son died? this was so wrong!