On the Docket (03/18/2020)

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No previous criminal record and youthfulness saved a Colusa man from a sentence of up to six years in state prison for willfully inflicting inhuman corporal punishment upon a child. Jason Paul Fred Jr., 20, was sentenced March 4 to 365 days in the Colusa County Jail for whipping a child, which District Attorney Matt Beauchamp said went beyond “just punishment.” 

The incident occurred in late August or early September court records indicate. Because Fred Jr. has no criminal record, no gang ties, is young, and is a volunteer in his community, the court was apt to give him a more lenient sentence, despite the “outrageous” behavior. 

“Prison is a terrible place,” said District Attorney Matt Beauchamp. “I think one year in County jail is deserved.” 

Fred also received 48 months of formal probation, ordered to pay fines and penalties, cooperate with any form of rehabilitation or counseling ordered by his probation officer, and will have to complete a 52-week child endangerment program.  

Marisela Arias, 34, of Williams, was reinstated on three years felony probation, on March 11, and ordered to attend a 52-week batterers program, after pleading no contest to corporal injury to a child’s parent. Arias was arrested by the Williams Police Department on her second domestic violence incident on Oct. 16, 2019. She was charged with failure to appear in court on March 4 after posting bond, a violation of probation She was previously convicted in 2018. Arias , who has scheduled to appear in Colusa County Superior Court on April 8, to provide proof to Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson that she has enrolled in the program. She was ordered to obey all laws and to have only peaceful contact with the father of her children. 

Amarjot Singh Sangha, 36, of Williams, was sentenced in Colusa County Superior Court, on March 11, to 48 months probation for driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 with a child in his vehicle. Sangha was arrested by the Williams Police Department at 11:36 AM, on May 6, 2019, with a blood alcohol level of .26, according to court documents. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in a plea deal that dismisses special allegations. He was ordered by the court to attend a multi-DUI offender program.