|Penngrove child abuser gets 10-year prison term
Wife awaiting diagnostic exam before sentencing
A Penngrove man will spend the next decade of his life in prison for felony child abuse.
Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Gary Medvigy sentenced Jesus Daniel Colula, 26, to 10 years in prison for the abuse of his two-month-old infant.
Colula pleaded guilty and was convicted on Aug. 23 of felony child abuse with an enhancement of personally inflicting great bodily injury on a child under the age of 5. The maximum sentence for this crime is 12 years in state prison.
“This level of remorseless brutality used on a helpless infant is unimaginable. This lengthy prison term is entirely appropriate,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.
During a regular medical visit, Colula’s 2-month old baby was found to have numerous injuries, including seven broken ribs, a broken tibia, a head injury and compression injuries to her tiny toes. The child was examined by doctors in Santa Rosa, and then transported to Oakland’s Children’s Hospital.
Experts at Children’s Hospital rejected the notion that these traumatic injuries were the result of an accident and found Colula’s initial explanation wholly inconsistent with the physical evidence. During the course of the investigation, Colula gave repeated, implausible and bizarre explanations for the excruciating injuries to the child. Colula, at one point, even blamed the family dog.
At sentencing Colula expressed no remorse for his actions. In his brief statement to the court, he did not utter a single word about his daughter’s injuries, nor did he explain the true circumstances under which his helpless and vulnerable child sustained her injuries. Instead, he begged for probation.
Medvigy held Colula accountable and rejected his excuse the reason he and his wife did not seek immediate medical attention for their child’s injuries was their fear the medical staff would learn his wife, co-defendant Lyndsay Colula, had been smoking marijuana while breastfeeding.
Medvigy stated, “This child was tortured.”
Deputy District Attorney Rosanne T. Darling prosecuted the case. Detective Matt North from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Unit led the investigation.
Lyndsay Colula, the child’s mother, was referred to the California Department of Corrections for a diagnostic examination and will return to court for sentencing in early January 2013.