Judge Will mandated violent felon Mark Criswell to AA Meetings and probation. No jail time. After the severe beating of a man during Biketoberfest, this man gets the AA get out of jail card!
Did Judge Will offer Mark Criswell a secular option? Does not sound like it. This is a violation of the constitution.
Former Daytona Beach building official gets probation in Biketoberfest beating
Former Daytona Beach city official Mark Criswell — accused of pummeling a liquor company representative during Biketoberfest — pleaded no contest to felony battery and was sentenced to probation today.
The 52-year-old Criswell — the former building official for Daytona Beach — also pleaded no contest to obstructing an officer, a report shows. He will not see any prison time.
Criswell entered his plea this morning before Circuit Judge Joseph Will, the State Attorney’s Office said.
Will sentenced Criswell to four years drug offender probation and he must attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meeting per week, said Klare Ly, state attorney spokeswoman.
Adjudication was withheld on both charges, Ly said. A felony still appears on the individual’s record, but the felony does not affect the person’s ability to vote or maintain a , driver’s license, for example.
Police said Criswell beat up David Summers the morning of Oct. 15 at a bar at the 500 block of Main Street. According to the arrest report, Criswell shoved his city of Daytona Beach business card in Summers’ face and demanded that Summers lower the music at the bar.
He also threatened Summers, saying Summers would be “in a world of hurt” unless he lowered the music, the arrest report shows.
After Summers lowered the sound, he asked Criswell if he was drunk; Criswell began punching him about the face and head, the report shows.
The Daytona Beach policeman who responded to the beating, wrote in the report that the victim’s injuries were “severe” and would likely “permanently disfigure him.”
Criswell’s attorney David Kerce said his client just wanted to get this chapter of his life behind him and move on.
Kerce said Criswell did not get prison time because the judge probably respected the fact that Criswell has taken certain steps to “rectify his life.”
In addition, Kerce said Summers did not want to see Criswell’s life ruined.