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Area man jailed for malicious punishment

A Byron man who pleaded guilty in January to malicious punishment of his infant son a year ago has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Jeremiah Phelps, 23, pleaded guilty to the felony count in January and was sentenced Monday. He also was accused of a new charge — violating a no-contact order, a felony.

On Monday, he was given concurrent jail sentences on the felony malicious punishment conviction as well as on a gross misdemeanor conviction of violating a no-contact order. Under plea agreements, other counts were dismissed.

Judge Jeffrey Thompson stayed execution of a 21-month prison term on the felony conviction on condition Phelps be on probation five years. He is to have no contact with the victims and no contact with children younger than 10. He must complete a domestic violence program for men and parenting classes. When Phelps has completed those programs and has had no contact with his children or their mother for a year, the judge said, he can ask the court to modify the no-contact order. 

He receives credit for 14 days served in jail and has work-release privileges for the balance of the jail sentence. The judge ordered him to pay fines of $385 and $185.


Phelps also was arraigned on the new complaint alleging he violated the no-contact order on March 27. Thompson set unconditional bail at $50,000. He said that if Phelps is unable to post the bond, he will be granted work-release privileges.

An evidentiary hearing is set for April 16 on the new file. He also has a pending felony domestic abuse no-contact order violation, involving the same victim, which was filed March 9. An evidentiary hearing in that case is also scheduled for April 16.

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