A former principal of the Windsor Middle School has been sentenced in a domestic violence case that involved his wife. The defendant pleaded guilty in June to charges of felony menacing. In the state of Colorado, menacing is the criminal charge of knowingly placing someone “in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.” The charge becomes a felony when it involves the use of a deadly weapon, but the weapon does not have to be seen.
Prosecutors in this case accused the defendant of breaking one of his wife’s ribs and punching her. He was sentenced on July 25 to six months in jail on a work release program, and three years’ probation. He will also have to complete counseling on domestic violence and 48 hours of community service.
The former principal was put on administrative leave with pay by the Windsor-Severance Re-4 school board after he was arrested. According to media reports, the defendant later resigned, but also retired. He apologized during his plea hearing to his family, the school board and the community for his actions.
Domestic violence charges carry stiff penalties and a conviction can have a significant effect on many aspects of your life. If you are charged with domestic violence, you should contact an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. When convicted of a domestic violence crime, you may be precluded from possessing or owning a firearm or making decisions regarding your own children. There is almost always a restraining order in effect and a violation of that order can result in additional charges. Vigorous representation by an experienced criminal defense is needed to in order to litigate the best possible outcome in your case.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, “Ex-Windsor principal sentenced to work release for domestic violence” No author given, Jul. 27, 2013