Also Friday, Judge Dodge ordered three years of probation and a year in jail for a Niles man who earlier entered guilty pleas in connection with a horrific domestic violence incident. Russell Garvin, 51, will receive credit for 208 days already served.
Fitz said that over the course of the three-hour assault, Garvin choked his wife with a strap in front of their 15-year-old son and made several threats including one in which he allegedly told her he'd put hair spray on her hair and light it "so she'd burn like a Roman candle.'' Garvin's wife also spoke in court, asking for a prison sentence.
But Judge Dodge said Garvin not only had no prior record but had served honorably for 24 years in the military, including a stint in Iraq in which he saw combat with Special Forces. As a result of the latter, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Also, Garvin said he "wasn't totally at fault,'' making reference to a third party who perhaps had contributed to the breakup of the couple's 22-year marriage.
Judge Dodge pointed out Garvin also recently received a 30-month probation sentence in Berrien County for embezzling items from Rural King, his former employer in Niles.
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I particularly do not appreciate the way they hide these stories.Â Such a nice Judge,Â Garvin only has to serve 57 days in jail before Garvin can get out and light his wife up like a "Roman candle" Do you call this JUSTICE???
What just happened is this Judge a wife beater???
This is Indiana, the man RULES. My advice isÂ all women should leave Indiana if in Abusive relationships.
Gosh, maybe half the state will leave.