Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Cop's son gets probation
for punching homeless man

A Sanford police lieutenant's son who was captured on video sucker-punching a homeless man outside a bar, knocking him out, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was placed on a year of probation.

Justin Collison, 22, of Sanford, had been charged with felony battery and disorderly conduct, but his family paid an undisclosed sum to the homeless man, Sherman Ware, and Ware asked prosecutors to drop the case.

They didn't. When court started Monday morning, Assistant State Attorney Russ Bausch insisted that Collison spend 30 days in jail in addition to a year on probation. Collison said no.

The two sides left that to Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who came up with her own solution: She sentenced him to 30 days in jail then suspended that, saying he'd only be locked up if he fails to follow through on the conditions of probation.

Collison said little at the hearing but turned beet red when prosecutors played the video in open court.

Read the Orlando Sentinel report here. And see previous posts here (with video), here and here.


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