By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man received a one-year prison sentence for domestic battery, almost three months after being sentenced to 14 years for drug dealing.
Daniel Craig Holbrook, 26, 920 Anchorage Road Lot 11, Warsaw, was charged with domestic battery to a pregnant woman, a level 5 felony. Two misdemeanor domestic battery charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Holbrook was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court Two on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
On Jan. 15, a Pierceton Police officer responded to a domestic abuse allegation. Upon arrival at the scene, the officer noticed a parked vehicle with two people inside, one of which was Holbrook.
According to court documents, Holbrook admitted to being in a physical fight that turned aggressive with a pregnant woman. The officer also noticed Holbrook was covered in what appeared to be pizza sauce.
The officer spoke with the woman, who had a black eye. She said Holbrook became angry during an argument and threw pizza at her. When asked about her black eye, the woman said she was hit by Holbrook on Jan. 12.
The woman also showed the officer bruising on her arm from being bitten by Holbrook, which also occurred on Jan. 12.
Holbrook received a 14-year prison sentence in July for four separate cases, with charges including two counts of dealing methamphetamine, two counts of resisting law enforcement, and failure to appear.
During court proceedings, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brad Voelz said Holbrook has a significant history involving drugs and that the domestic battery case was his first criminal instance of violence. Voelz also said a letter from the victim in this case requested the no-contact order be dismissed.
Defense Attorney Austin Rovenstine said the violent incident was exacerbated by Holbrook’s substance abuse and that he hoped the issues were addressed while Holbrook was at the Indiana Department of Corrections.
For domestic battery to a pregnant woman, Kosciusko Superior Court Two Judge Torrey Bauer sentenced Holbrook to four years in DoC. One year will be executed while the last three years of the sentence were suspended on probation.
The case will be served consecutively to two drug dealing cases.