Russell man sentenced for death of girlfriend’s son

By the Associated Press:

A 29-year-old Russell man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for the death of a toddler in 2017. Jody Steven Fox was sentenced Monday for second-degree murder and child abuse. He pleaded no contest after 14-month-old Gabriel Usoro’s death in April 2017. The child died at a Wichita hospital.

Fox will also have to register as a violent offender for 15 years after he completes his sentence. Fox was in a relationship with Gabriel’s mother when the boy was killed. His mother, Brandi Niehoff, pleaded no contest in December 2020 to aggravated child endangerment. She is scheduled to be sentenced April 13.