Kephart was convicted in 1991 of assault and criminal mistreatment after he beat 6 year old Stephanie Amber Moss until she was in a coma. He had beat her with rods, paddles, his fists, and feet. He had poured Tabasco sauce in her eyes. She and the other children in the house were victims of months of torture. She lived for 16 years after the last beating. She died on June 29, 2007 at the age of 23.
Kephart was allowed to plead guilty and get a 30 year sentence with the chance of parole after 20 years. In exchange, he has agreed to drop all appeals in the case.