Police: Brothers beaten in church to confess their sins

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NEW HARTFORD, NY (AP) — Investigators say the fatal beating of a young man and the savage attack on his younger brother at an upstate New York church was intended to get them to confess their sins.

Police say spiritual “counseling” at the Word of Life church turned into an hours-long attack Sunday night.

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Nineteen-year-old Lucas Leonard and his 17-year-old brother, Christopher, were pummeled with fists and kicked.

They sustained injuries to the abdomen, genitals, back and thighs. Lucas died.

The boys’ parents have been charged with manslaughter and four other adults are charged with assault.