By Tyler Roebuck
COLUMBIA CITY — Christopher Davidsen, 44, of Columbia City, received a six-year sentence in Circuit Court Monday on charges of possession of child pornography, a level 5 felony. Two years of Davidsen’s sentence will be served at the Indiana Department of Corrections, with the remaining to be on probation.
Defense attorney Anthony Churchward pushed for the entirety of the sentence to be suspended.
“He has done everything he can to make this right,” he said. “His time in the jail was eye-opening and traumatic, but not as traumatic as the shame he’s felt.”
Judge Matthew Rentschler handed down the sentence.
“You’re going to get a second chance, whether it’s a month or years,” Rentschler said to Davidsen.
In deciding on the executed sentence, Rentschler considered the “extraordinary impact on the victims,” the fact that Davidsen has led an otherwise lawful life and “not been a drain on society” and that Davidsen, based on his score with the Indiana Risk Assessment System, showed a low risk to reoffend.
“While you did not physically harm the child, your interest in these kind of images creates the market and has an impact on the abuse of these children,” Rentschler said.
In other Circuit Court news
• Jammie Pulley, 41, of Fort Wayne, failed to appear, and Judge James Heuer issued a warrant for her arrest.
• The trial for Justin Hammond, 28, of Columbia City, is set for Feb. 27. Hammond is charged with dealing in and possession of a narcotic, level 5 and 6 felonies, respectively, and dealing in and possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors. If convicted, a level 6 felony carries a potential sentence of 6 years.
• Luis Hernandez-Dominguez, 23, of Glenview, Ill., rescheduled his trial to Dec. 19. Hernandez-Dominguez is charged with OWI, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.
• Colton Cabiya, 26, of Churubusco, pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness, a level 5 felony, intimidation, a level 5 felony and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, a class A misdemeanor.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Cabiya faces a 10-year sentence, with between four to nine years served, at the discretion of the court. His sentencing hearing is Dec. 11.
• Tyler Neal, 25, of Huntington, requested a speedy trial, which was set for Jan. 10. Neal faces charges of resisting law enforcement, false informing, possession of methamphetamine, a legend drug and paraphernalia and dealing in methamphetamine.
• Frank Bailey, 42, of North Webster withdrew his request for a speedy trial, and set his next pre-trial conference for Dec. 11.
• Susan Power, 50, of Columbia City, and James Prater, 41, of South Whitley, appeared for initial hearings on check deception. For both cases, Prosecutor DJ Sigler offered deferred prosecution so that the defendants could avoid the potential penalties of a conviction.
• Danny Mastropietro, 29, of Syracuse, rescheduled his trial to March 14. Mastropietro faces charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and dealing in methamphetamine.
• Warren Davies, 35, of Syracuse, had the remainder of his suspended sentence revoked after receiving a new felony and two new misdemeanor charges while on probation in 2016. He will serve the remaining 18 months of his sentence at the DOC.
• Laura Koze, 22, of Ligonier, asked for and received a public defender, with the law firm Baber and Baber appointed due to a potential conflict with Churchward. Koze faces charges of dealing in and possession of methamphetamine and on charge of possession of paraphernalia. Her next hearing is Nov. 27.
• Stephanie Damron, 32, of Larwill, received a sentence modification, being released from work release and placed on house arrest. Her release date is July 6.