Former deputy convicted of punching a restrained teenager released from prison four years early

BRIGHTON, Colo. - An Adams County sheriff's deputy who was sentenced to five years in prison for punching a teenager who was strapped to a gurney will be released after a judge reconsidered his sentence.

District Court Judge Katherine R. Delgado on Thursday ordered former deputy David Morrow released after he served less than one year in prison.

Morrow was convicted of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon for striking the 15-year-old boy inside the back of an ambulance in June 2011. The single blow broke the boy's jaw.

Paramedics were taking the boy to a hospital because he seemed intoxicated and was injured in a fall. Deputies say the boy was combative.

The judge said Morrow's behavior had been good since his arrest and he isn't a threat to the community.

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