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Second sentence adds three months to prison term

An Adams man already in prison for a probation violation received another 21-month sentence Thursday in Mower County District Court.

Christopher Craig Siverly, 33, will serve the second sentence concurrently with the 18-month term he was given in December. The 21-month term is a result of his guilty plea to felony malicious punishment of a child.

The original 18-month sentence had been stayed in February 2011 for five years.

At that time, he'd pleaded guilty to violating a no contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions, which is a felony.

In exchange for the plea, one count of felony domestic assault and misdemeanor DWI were dismissed, and he was put on supervised probation.


Siverly was arrested again Dec. 13, after Mower County law enforcement received a report of an injured student at an area school.

At the school, a 12-year-old student told the deputy that Siverly had hit her in the face with a belt. The girl's lip was bloody and swollen, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl said she hadn't felt well that morning and didn't want to get out of bed to go to school. Siverly told her to get up, but the girl refused, the complaint says.

That's when Siverly allegedly took off his belt, told the girl to get up, then struck her with the belt on the legs and face as she sat on the bed.

The girl told the deputy Siverly then grabbed her, pulled her off the bed and told her if she didn't go downstairs he'd throw her down the stairs.

When confronted at his home, Siverly reportedly told the deputy that he's had ongoing behavior problems with the 12-year-old. He admitted to hitting her with the belt and said he believed it was proper discipline, the complaint says.

Siverly allegedly said he accidentally struck her in the face. He told the court that his depth perception was off because he is missing an eye.

In exchange for the guilty plea in this case, a second charge of felony domestic assault was dismissed. The plea agreement indicated he would serve 21 months in prison.


A review of Siverly's criminal history reflects two domestic violence-related offense convictions in 2007; one in 2010; and one in 2011.

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