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Castile couple pleads guilty to charges in daughter’s death

A Wyoming County couple has pleaded guilty to charges related to the January death of their 15-year-old daughter, which was ruled a homicide by medical neglect, the District Attorney’s Office reported Tuesday.

Jeremy P. Ikeler and his wife, Astrid, of Castile, had been indicted by a county grand jury on charges of criminally negligent homicide.

Their daughter, Marissa, died Jan. 27 in Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, after suffering a seizure the day before. Authorities said she wasn’t receiving proper care and medication for an existing condition, and the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death a homicide by medical neglect.

Jeremy Ikeler on Monday pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, while his wife pleaded guilty to attempted criminally negligent homicide, according to Assistant District Attorney Vincent A. Hemming.

In an unrelated case, Jeremy Ikeler pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted course of sexual conduct against a child younger than 13 years old. Authorities said that conduct, which didn’t involve Marissa, occurred between August 2013 and August 2014.

The couple is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 5 before Wyoming County Court Judge Michael M. Mohun. Both remain in custody in the county jail.

Astrid Ikeler faces a maximum of one year in jail. A native of Germany, she likely will face proceedings related to her immigration status after being released from jail, Hemming said.

Her husband faces between one and four years in prison on the homicide charge, as well as four years in prison on the sexual conduct charge.

“There’s no agreement on sentencing” for the husband, Hemming said, noting his sentences could run concurrently or consecutively.