A Sylmar man convicted in Colusa County in connection to a road rage incident on Interstate 5 in late 2018 has done everything he can to stay out of jail.
Even the Colusa County Jail doesn’t want 57-year-old David Franklin Husted, after officials there reported to the court last week that they were unable to accommodate his need for a hospital bed to serve out his 180-day sentence.
Husted has appeared in Colusa County Superior Court more than a dozen times since his March 19, 2019 arraignment on assault charges by creating multiple procedural delays, but Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson said it was time for Husted to face his punishment.
Husted was accused of assault with a deadly weapon, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, reckless driving, and brandishing a replica gun after he reportedly tried to intimidate and run motorist, Paul Davis, off the road because “he got in his way,” according to District Attorney Attorney Matthew Beauchamp.
Beauchamp had argued for prison time, due to the seriousness of the crime, and Husted’s criminal arrest history that runs the gamut from theft to battery.
“He is richly deserving of punishment,” Beauchamp said. “He has done just about everything you can think of.”
Husted pleaded no contest on Oct. 9, 2019 to a single felony assault charge, in a plea deal that dismissed charges that could have sent him to prison for up to six years, but has filed multiple motions that have delayed proceedings, including a motion to change attorneys and a motion to withdraw his plea. Husted, who has remained out of custody on bail, even showed up for one court appearance earlier this summer via Zoom – from a hospital bed.
Husted again apologized in court on Sept. 16 for his actions on the freeway that day, and has begged for mercy for his own health reasons and those of his wife, who is being treated for cancer.
Although Thompson admitted to showing leniency for the sake of Husted’s wife, who relies on her husband for care, Thompson upheld his original 180-day sentence and 36 months of formal probation.
Thompson then ordered Colusa County Jail staff to find a way to accommodate Husted’s needs so that he can serve out his time. Husted is to appear in court again on Sept. 30 for further proceedings regarding his jail term. ♣