Westminster man convicted of child abuse receives suspended sentence in plea deal
By Heather Cobun and Times Staff Writer
Feb 26, 2015 | 9:23 PM
A Westminster man received a suspended sentence as part of a plea agreement Thursday after being convicted of child abuse.
Clarence Ray Garland Jr., 38, of the 1500 block of Mayberry Road, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of second-degree child abuse.
Judge Thomas F. Stansfield sentenced Garland to four years in prison but suspended all but time served. Garland was incarcerated for 307 days in 2013 and 2014 before being released in August.
Garland also entered a plea agreement for driving while under the influence of alcohol per se and received no additional jail time.
On Jan. 11, 2012, Garland got into an argument with a 15-year-old victim in his care and bent one of her fingers back, according to the statement of facts Senior Assistant State's Attorney Amy Blank Ocampo read into the record.