By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in the Department of Corrections Wednesday on an aggravated battery of a child charge.
Judge Scott Walden gave Brian A. King, 25, the maximum punishment allowed under a plea arrangement. King was arrested on July 10 after bruises and marks were found on his girlfriend's two male children, ages 4 and 2.
Most of the sentencing hearing centered upon the injuries suffered by the 4-year-old. King hit the boy with a sandal, which led to bruises. Walden detailed the boys' injuries, which included bruises to the buttocks and thighs.
The pre-sentence investigation detailed how King believed he had a special gift in working with children. According to Walden, King claimed that kids flourished around him and that God granted King with a gift for raising children.
"You have not demonstrated that you have a God-given gift to take care of children," Walden told King.
According to Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez, King told police that he spanked the boy because the boy continually tried to get to chemicals under the kitchen sink.
"What you did to that child wasn't spanking," Rodriguez said. "It was abuse that left extensive bruising on the child."
The children involved in the case are no longer in their mother's care. One has been turned over to his father, while the other is currently in foster care. The mother of the children is still in a relationship with King.
"There is no victim's impact statement because the child is only 4 years old," Rodriguez said. "We received two character reference letters from the victim's mother on the defendant's behalf, which is especially troubling to me."
The victim's mother wept when Walden told King he was going to prison.
"Are you kidding me?" she said to those within ear shot.
King's attorney, Chief Public defender Holly Henze, asked Walden to give King probation. King read a short prepared statement prior to sentencing.
"I am greatly remorseful for what I've done," he said.
Walden opted to put King in prison.
"I would say the system worked well in this case," Walden said. "I don't know who turned you in, but thank goodness they did."
King was given credit for 127 days of time served in the Adams County Jail.