Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana – After a 3 day jury trial in Boone Superior Court 1, a twelve person jury returned a guilty verdict against Coltan A. Perryman, age 25. The Hon. Matthew C. Kincaid presided over the proceedings of the jury trial. The Defendant was represented by Boone County attorney Michael Gross. The defendant did not testify at trial. The case was prosecuted by Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Todd J. Meyer.
Perryman was convicted of battery on a child less than fourteen years of age resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 3 Felony and Neglect of a Dependent, a Level 6 Felony. These convictions stem from charges that were filed against him on October 9, 2015. In addition to these felony counts, Perryman was convicted of being a Habitual Offender.
Following the verdict, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Todd Meyer stated: “I am very pleased with the outcome of this case. It is absolutely despicable what the defendant did to this 8 year old boy. There is no excuse for punching an 8 year old child in the face with a closed fist – and to do it multiple times, I just don’t understand it. The injuries this child sustained were difficult to look at and my heart goes out to him. He is a sweet young boy and I hope and pray he will not suffer any long term mental anguish as the result of what happened to him. What makes it worse is the very person who injured him the way he did then attempted to keep him from getting the medical care he needed. Like I said, it’s despicable and the jury saw that justice was done for this child and our community. As for the habitual, this defendant has been given one break after another and the State has given him more than a couple of second chances, but there comes a time when you’re not going to get another chance and that time has come for Coltan Perryman. He has now been held accountable for what he is – a habitual felon and I intend to seek a maximum prison sentence for him.”
The Defendant could face up to 16 years in prison on the Level 3 Felony along with a $10,000 fine, up to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the Level 6 Felony and up to 20 years in prison for having been convicted of the habitual felon charge. Prosecutor Meyer indicated the State will seek the maximum penalty against this Defendant based on these convictions, which is 38 ½ years in prison.