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Springfield man sentenced for sexually abusing 2 girls


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The man who drew attention for plans to turn abandoned grain silos in downtown Springfield into farms has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for child sex abuse.

Fifty-year-old James Kerns was sentenced Thursday for abusing two young girls who had developmental disabilities.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that in 2016, Kerns founded Vertical Innovations which planned to renovate former MFA silos into chemical-free vertical lettuce and mushroom farms.

Prosecutors say at the time he was pitching those ideas, Kearns was abusing two girls, who were 13 and 14 at...

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