More than a year after his arrest, Adolfo Gomez, Jr. has been sentenced for binding and blindfolding his children outside of a Lawrence Walmart.
Gomez was sentenced to 30 months in prison and will serve two years probation for two counts of felony child abuse and three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. Judge Paula Martin granted Gomez 371 days for time already served.
The 53-year-old Illinois resident was driving to Arizona with his wife, Deborah Gomez, and their five children when their vehicle broke down in Lawrence.
Gomez and Deborah Gomez were arrested June 13, 2012, after a citizen phoned police about a young girl she spotted who was blindfolded with her hands and legs bound with tape in the parking lot of the Walmart at 6th and Wakarusa in Lawrence.
When questioned back in June, Gomez told police his children were possessed and his family was fleeing Illinois because he believed it was the end of the world. A Lawrence police officer testified in August that an older daughter said the family was going to try to cast the demons from her 5-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister.