During his January 2011 sentencing in Kosciusko Circuit Court, Gingerich stood and apologized for his actions in a brief statement to the court.
“I’m sorry for what happened to Mr. Danner, and I’m sorry for what the Danner family has gone through,” he said, before sitting down again in tears.
The boy’s father, Paul Gingerich Sr., also addressed the court during that hearing. He expressed condolences to Danner’s family, and said he grieved for a son he could no longer fish or play catch with.
“I know what my son did was wrong, but he should be punished as a child,”