Last updated: July 09. 2014 4:20PM - 4977 Views
By Ilene Haluska ihaluska@civitasmedia.com



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DARKE COUNTY - Judge Jonathan Hein of the Darke County Court of Common Pleas sentenced a Greenville man up to 60 months of community sanctions supervision for domestic violence against a pregnant woman.


Daniel Griggs, 25, of Greenville, was sentenced on charges from a plea agreement combining old domestic violence charges and pleading guilty to a new domestic violence charge that occurred in May.


Griggs was convicted for a domestic violence charge on Jan. 19 2014, a fourth degree felony. In May, he violated the community sanctions by causing physical harm to the mother of his child by striking her in the face when she was pregnant. Since the incident she delivered a baby boy, according to Griggs and the courts.


Griggs’ attorney, David Rohrer called Griggs a mean alcoholic, but otherwise was one of the nicest people he has met and he has a job.


“I know that I can’t drink. .. I’m going to prove to you and others I’m not going to drink,” Griggs told the court, adding that he was clean for the last three months.


Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jesse J. Green said that Griggs was an extremely intoxicated at the May offense and to take that into account for the sentencing.


“A lot of people understand but don’t condone significant others getting victimized. Do you know who’s next?” asked Judge Hein.


“My children,” Griggs replied.


“It’s impulse control and being in jail helps and stops you to think,” Judge Hein said. He added that his work place isn’t safe and returning to his old behavior is likely, so by thinking you’re sober and saying you’re sober would help him to be that way.


The judge said he couldn’t put him back in a jail with other addicts, he won’t always be in a alcohol-free environments and told Griggs that even his work place isn’t safe because it’s risky being in environments where other people who work there have criminal records.


In addition to the 60 months of community sanctions, that will run concurrent with his previous conviction, Griggs must pay monthly court costs for 12 months, spend six days in jail with six days credit, perform 75 hours of community service to pay back the community, provide a DNA sample, maintain employment, provide proof of earnings, not violate federal, state and local laws and ordinances, and follow rules of probation. He must not drink alcohol or use drugs, and he must submit to random urinalyses, and at his own expense, random drug testing. He must take anger management classes and other classes ordered by probation. The maximum penalty could apply if he violates the regulations, according to the judge.

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