By Dave Andrusko
When last we reported on Scott Bollig, a jury of seven men and five women had found the 32 year old of WaKeeney, Kansas, guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
However, after five hours of deliberation, the jury found Bollig not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated battery, and distribution of adulterated food.
Naomi Abbott lost her unborn baby in 2014 after ingesting the abortifacient mifepristone.
Although his attorney insisted last week that he was not trying to relitigate the case during the sentencing phase, Dan Walter did file two motions prior to the proceeding for what is known as “a downward departure sentencing” and a post-conviction bond.
James Bell of the Hays Post explained that “Downward departure sentencing would have allowed District Judge Glenn Braun to forgo Kansas sentencing guidelines.” Judge Braun denied both motions and sentenced Bollig to 117 months in jail. Walter said he would file an immediate appeal.
Bollig has insisted he was innocent, that Bollig “did it to herself.” In addition, Bell reported,
He also testified during his trial he had found odd jobs in construction and on the family farm and had continued his education – even earning a pilot’s license.
In denying the bond request, Judge Braun said “now the presumption of innocence is gone in the case and Bollig is a potential flight risk,” Bell reported.
At the trial, Ms. Abbott testified that on a Sunday in January 2014, Bollig cooked pancakes for her. By Thursday she was seeking medical treatment for extreme nausea and dehydration. Bell reported.
Following that visit, she said she was admitted to the hospital for IV treatment of a urinary tract infection, chlamydia, dehydration, nausea and extreme cramping.
The following morning, Abbott said she awoke finding herself covered in blood. …
It was later confirmed she had lost the baby.
A pathologist and medical examiner testified that the death of Abbott’s unborn baby was “not a natural miscarriage” but the result of the abortifacient mifepristone.
WaKeeney, Kansas, Police Chief Terry Eberle testified that on February 20, 2014, Bollig told him “he had sprinkled a drug called mifepristone [an abortifacient] on pancakes eaten by Abbott,” Bell reported.
But Walter labored to make the case that Abbott was aware she was taking an abortifacient but later panicked and blamed Bollig. The jury did not buy the explanation but by planting the idea that Naomi Abbott was not a victim, it may have played a role in convincing the jury to convict Bollig of a lesser charge.