District Attorney’s Office voices dismay over reduced sentence for Morrow

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BRIGHTON — An Adams County judge re-sentenced former Adams County Deputy Sheriff David Morrow to probation on Friday, April 11, a move that’s drawn the ire of the district attorney’s office.

Morrow’s sentence was changed to two years probation after District Judge Katherine Delgado granted a motion to reconsider his sentence that was filed by Morrow’s attorney. The order for the reduced sentence was issued April 3.

Morrow previously was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted in August 2013 of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and child abuse.

“We are disappointed in the court’s ruling,” said District Attorney Dave Young. “We stated our objections to the reconsideration of the defendant’s sentence at the hearing on March 5. The jury convicted the defendant of an offense that carries a mandatory sentence. It’s unfortunate that this was not recognized in the re-sentencing ruling.” 

About 1 a.m. on June 12, 2011, Morrow responded to a call about a disturbance at 8790 Welby Road in Adams County. According to court records and evidence presented during his trial, a 15-year-old boy, who appeared highly intoxicated, was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to the hospital because parent contact information could not be obtained from him.

The ambulance attendant had restrained the juvenile’s hands and feet because of his verbally combative behavior. Morrow struck the juvenile on the face with a closed fist as he passed by the teen, who was restrained on the ambulance gurney. 

Morrow was placed on administrative leave without pay on July 12, 2011, after charges were filed by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and was later fired. 

As conditions of probation, Morrow must undergo anger management counseling, participate in a victim empathy group, pay restitution for the victim’s medical bills and have no contact with the victim or his family. The victim was not present at the April 11 re-sentencing hearing.