Apr 07, 2021 5:50 PM

Russell man sentenced for murder, abuse of toddler

Posted Apr 07, 2021 5:50 PM
Fox -photo Russell County
Fox -photo Russell County

RUSSELL – A Russell man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for the second-degree murder and abuse of a child, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday in a news release.

Jody Steven Fox, 29, Russell, was sentenced April 5 by Senior Judge Edward Bouker in Russell County District Court.

Fox pleaded no contest to the death of a 14-month-old child in 2017. He was sentenced to 200 months in prison for second-degree murder and 34 months for child abuse to be served consecutively. Fox was also ordered to register as a violent offender for 15 years after his release.

The mother of the child, Brandi Niehoff, entered a no contest plea in December 2020 to aggravated child endangerment and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13.