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Frankfort father sentenced in 2014 deaths of 3-year-old twin sons

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Posted at 1:33 AM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-17 11:48:09-04

TIPPECANOE COUNTY — A Tippecanoe County man was sentenced to 46 years in prison on Monday in the 2014 deaths of his 3-year-old twin sons.

Brandon Abbott, 38, of Frankfort, was convicted by a jury on June 10, 2021, of 13 counts, including two counts of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death.

According to the Associated Press, Landon and Liam Abbott died from smoke inhalation in a rented house on Brandy Kay Court in Tippecanoe County while on a weekend visit with their father. Investigators found a propane tank at the scene along with numerous drug-related items.

Abbott initially plead guilty as part of a plea agreement in 2015 and received a 70-year sentence. In 2018, a new argument was filed stating that his initial legal representation was "ineffective", according to the Journal & Courier.

Abbott's initial conviction was vacated on May 29, 2019, and he was re-tried in June of this year where a jury convicted him of 13 counts including two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, maintaining a common nuisance and multiple drug charges.