Jury finds Gargis guilty

After a four-week trial, a jury finally delivered a verdict on Shannon Gargis. Nov. 7 the jury declared Gargis guilty of manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.

“We hoped the jury would find him responsible for the death and abuse of the child, and we’re pleased that they reviewed the case thoroughly and reached this verdict,” said district attorney Joey Rushing.

Gargis was originally charged with capital murder and aggravated child abuse following the death of his girlfriend’s 22-month old daughter, Serenity, in March 2016. The jury lessened the capital murder charge to manslaughter, which is reckless killing.

Both of Gargis’ charges are Class B felonies, which can result in sentencing from two to 20 years.

Rushing said Judge Terry Dempsey will decide if the charges are to be served consecutively or concurrently.

“There was a lot of evidence to review. It was a long case for the jury to work on, and we appreciate their hard work,” Rushing said.

Gargis’ sentencing will be Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m.

In July 2017, charge of aggravated child abuse against mother Hailey Renfroe was settled; she pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution first degree and agreed to cooperate and give truthful testimony in Gargis’ trial.

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