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Ex-Adams deputy who punched restrained teen has sentence reduced to probation

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BRIGHTON, Colo. — A former Adams County Sheriff’s deputy who was sentenced to a mandatory minimum five years in prison for punching a restrained 15-year-old in the face while strapped to a gurney was resentenced to two years probation Friday.

David Morrow, 31, was released from prison while serving a sentence handed down in October after he was convicted in August of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and child abuse.

Adams County District Judge Katherine Delgado granted a motion by Morrow’s attorney to reconsider the sentence, and she made her decision April 3 based on Morrow’s good behavior as an inmate.

“We are disappointed in the court’s ruling,” District Attorney Dave Young said. “We stated our objections to the reconsideration of the defendant’s sentence at the hearing on March 5. The jury convicted the defendant of an offense that carries a mandatory sentence. It’s unfortunate that this was not recognized in the re-sentencing ruling.”

Morrow responded to a call at 8790 Welby Road in Adams County on June 12, 2011. According to court records and evidence at the trial, the boy, who appeared intoxicated, was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to the hospital because parent contact information could not be obtained.

The boy’s hands and feet were restrained by the ambulance attendant because he was being verbally combative. Morrow struck the juvenile on the face with a closed fist while the teen was restrained. The boy suffered a broken jaw.

Morrow was placed on administrative leave without pay on July 12, 2011, after charges were filed and he was later fired.

As part of the probation, Morrow must undergo anger management counseling, participate in a victim empathy group, pay restitution for the victim’s medical bills and have no contact with the victim or his family.