Eleven Year Prison Sentence For Local Man On Child Abuse Charges

Eleven Year Prison Sentence For Local Man On Child Abuse Charges

A Pine Grove man has been sentenced to Eleven Years and Eight Months in Prison on child abuse charges.  According to the Amador District Attorney’s office, in June 2015, Sheriff’s investigators responded to Sutter Amador Hospital on a report of a young minor with injuries consistent with physical abuse.  Detectives found the child had multiple bruises and burn marks on her body, as well as a broken finger, ruptured eardrums, and a concussion, all in various stages of healing.  In July 2015, the victim told Detective Ezra Peckinpaugh that Kevin Christopher Gilliam of Pine Grove caused the injuries over the course of a month, when the child's mother was gone at work. Gilliam told the child to lie about the injuries, and even went to the extent of covering the bruises with makeup.  Just as trial was set to begin, Gilliam pled guilty on November 8 to three counts of child abuse and causing great bodily injury to a child under 5 years of age. Last Thursday, Judge J.S. Hermanson sentenced Gilliam to state prison for 11 years, 8 months.  District Attorney Todd Riebe praised the investigation by the Amador County Sheriff’s Department and the trial preparation by Deputy District Attorney Gabrielle Stidger.  Mr. Riebe also commended Victim Advocate Amy Drake, as well as Bentley, the court-approved comfort dog, and his handler, Margaret Blair.

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