A Starke County man found guilty of domestic battery has had his prison sentence affirmed by an appellate court. David Spohn had appealed the two-and-a-half-year sentence given by Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall, arguing that it was “inappropriate in light of his character and the nature of the offense.”
Back in March, a jury found that Spohn beat his wife after an argument in their home in May of 2017. There were children in the room, according to court documents. At the time of the incident, Spohn was serving home detention for previous theft charges.
The Indiana Court of Appeals found that there was nothing about the offense or Spohn’s character to suggest that the maximum sentence of two-and-a-half years was inappropriate. The appellate court’s decision goes on to say, “Spohn’s offense was particularly egregious.” It also noted his “significant history of delinquent and criminal behavior, which spans four different counties.”