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Teen Apologizes, Gets a Year in Jail and Probation in Utash Beating

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James Callahan said he believes James Davis was sincere in his remorse and sentenced the teenager to five years' probation, including one year to be spent in jail.

James Davis, shown with his attorney at his sentencing in Wayne County Circuit Court, apologized to the family of Steven Utash and society in general. (Screenshot: WJBK video)
James Davis, shown with his attorney at his sentencing in Wayne County Circuit Court, apologized to the family of Steven Utash and society in general. (Screenshot: WJBK video)

James Davis was sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the vicious April 2 beating that nearly killed Steven Utash, and another defendant’s sentencing was delayed in Wayne County Circuit Court Thursday.

Davis apologized to the Utash family and to “the city of Detroit,” WJBK, Channel 2, reports. Judge James Callahan, who said Davis was “well spoken,” said he thought the teenager’s remorse was sincere, five years of probation, including one year to be served in jail.

“I really want  you to give me a second chance,” Davis said, according to a report on WDIV, Channel 4. “I don’t want my whole life to be judged on that one moment.”

Davis was part of a mob that attacked Utash, 54, after his pickup accidentally struck a 10-year-old child who had darted into traffic. He stopped to give aid and “teenagers started throwing punches at me and screaming that I hit the kid on purpose,” Utash wrote in a statement read during the sentencing of two other defendants earlier this week.

Utash’s and other family members’ statements were part of the record in Thursday’s proceeding.

Latrez Cummings, 19, was scheduled to be sentenced, but prosecutors put that off for a week so issues regarding his schooling could be resolved, Two other defendants – Wonzy Saffold, 30, and Bruce Wimbush, 18 – were sentenced earlier this week, and a fifth defendant, a 17-year-old juvenile, will be sentenced next month.

Saffold was sentenced to from six to 10 years in prison, and Wimbush was sentenced to three years’ probation. His record will be wiped clean if he has no further brushes wth the law.

During Tuesday’s proceeding, Steven Utash’s brother told Saffold and Wimbush they should be grateful to Deborah Hughes, the nurse who intervened and stopped the mob attack.

“Otherwise, you guys might be standing here for murder,” Ken Utash said

Family members told reporters that Steven Utash has brain damage, is unable to drive and cannot make financial decisions for himself. Though he has been able to pay his medical expenses, he is unable to work and has no money for everyday living epenses.

An online fundraiser on the GoFundMe site raised $188,305 from 4,608 donors.


gregg phillips July 11, 2014 at 08:12 AM
just a year? come on judge these career criminals are violent offenders? let see what your sentence would be if it was your mother that was beaten like that.......you have enabled a culture to continue with its unmitigated behavior
Mr Rogers July 12, 2014 at 11:55 PM
Unbelieveable! Who is this Judge Callahan, anyway? He ought to be recalled or impeached or whatever it us they do to get rid of a lousy judge.
Frank Burns July 16, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Bring back public hangings. And not the kind where the neck is broken, but where they are slowly strangulated.

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