A man will serve two months in jail for choking a 13-year-old neighbor after the boy allegedly called his children racist names.
The man, Dustin McArthur Bonner, 23, entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of child abuse and was directed by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 60 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence. He was also instructed to undergo anger management classes and was warned to stay away from the victim. He was originally charged with aggravated child abuse which is a felony.
The teen victim told police Bonner choked him and knocked him to the ground.
“He said he could not breath and that it hurt very bad,” McMinnville policeman Robert Hammond said in his warrant.
Bonner lives on Beta Street near the victim’s apartment on Stroud Street.
“He stated he did choke the victim but he was only playing,” Hammond said, noting Bonner then modified his story. “He then stated the victim called his children racist names.”
Bonner admitted he realized the victim was underage at the time of the assault.
Bonner was originally charged under the Haley’s Law provision named after a child who suffered horrific abuse in Campbell County back in 2004. The crime carries eight to 12 years in prison.