Indicted suspect sentenced to prison on unrelated case

(Charyse Geurts and Dustin Chauncey)

One of the two people indicted last week by a Scotts Bluff County District Court jury in the four year old death of two year old Juliette Geurts of Gering has been sentenced to four years in prison on unrelated charges. Boulder County, Colorado jail officials confirmed Monday to KNEB News that 26 year old Dustin Chauncey was sentenced Friday to four years in prison on firearms and drug charges. Chauncey is awaiting transfer from the Jail to a Colorado prison.

Chauncey was indicted last week on charges of child abuse resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter, and providing false information to Police. Chauncey could receive 20 years to life in prison on the child abuse charge and up to 20 years in prison on the manslaughter count.

Juliette's mother Charyse Guerts, is charged with being an accessory to a felony and providing false information to Police. She could receive up to five years in prison on the accessory charge. Her whereabouts are unknown, but there are unconfirmed reports she is in Wisconsin.

No local arrest warrants have been issued for either individual since they were indicted.

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Geurts, Chauncey and another male were in the Gering home when Charyse reported she found Juliette dead in her crib on July 11th, 2008. The case has been investigated as a homicide after the autopsy showed the child died of blunt force trauma.


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