WARSAW — Travis Michael Dickson, 33, Etna Green, was sentenced yesterday, Jan. 4, in Kosciusko Superior Court I on a single charge of battery, a level 6 felony.
Dickson was sentenced on a charge stemming from an April 2017 incident. According to the affidavit of probable cause, an officer with Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded to a battery call at Dickson’s address. When the officer arrived to the home, they spoke with Dickson’s wife who advised she had been battered by Dickson, causing a bloody nose, an abrasion under her left eye and a red swollen ear.
The affidavit states that the officer then spoke with a minor who witnessed the battery and videotaped part of the incident on his phone. The officer was able to view the video and witnessed a portion of the battery.
The court received letters from his wife and one of his children, as well as an official letter from the school system verifying one of the children’s nature of exaggerating injuries and lying.
With no criminal history, Dickson’s attorney Jay Rigdon blamed stress and substance abuse for the altercation.
Judge David Cates, advising that stressed cannot be blamed, sentenced Dickson to 1 1/2 years at the Kosciusko County Jail, suspended all but 60 days. Dickson may serve his sentence with Kosciusko County Community Corrections. He is to be setup with KCCC by 4 p.m. Jan. 11.
Dickson is facing battery charges in another case resulting from an incident in August 2017. It was suggested by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brad Voelz that this case was to be dismissed. A formal request has not yet been submitted.