ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A former deputy will spend five years in prison for punching a teenager who was restrained on an ambulance gurney in 2011.
David Morrow was convicted in August of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and child abuse following a six-day trial. He faced a maximum sentence of up to 16 years in prison. Five years was the minimum sentence.
Morrow was sent to a reported disturbance at 8790 Welby Rd. in Adams County around 1:10 a.m. on June 12, 2011. There, he found a 15-year-old who appeared to be highly intoxicated.
The boy was taken to a hospital in an ambulance and was restrained by a paramedic because of verbally combative behavior.
"Witnesses report that Morrow entered the ambulance to retrieve his handcuffs," the district attorney's and sheriff said in a 2011 statement. "As he passed the juvenile restrained on the ambulance gurney, Morrow struck the juvenile on the face with a closed fist."
It was later determined that the juvenile suffered a broken jaw, officials said.
Morrow was later placed on unpaid administrative leave and subsequently fired after charges were filed.