SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for punching his 12-year-old son.
JT Ring, 36, pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to child endangerment resulting in bodily injury. Charges of domestic abuse assault and serious assault were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Prosecutors also dismissed a habitual offender enhancement, which would have increased Ring's prison sentence to 15 years.
District Judge Duane Hoffmeyer ordered Ring's sentence to be served at the same time as his parole violation for the completion of a 15-year prison sentence for operating while intoxicated and other offenses.
Ring's most recent arrest occurred on May 29 at a lot at 5309 Highway 75 North, where family members reported that Ring was intoxicated and was yelling, calling them derogatory names and threatening to assault them.
Ring became upset when his son took away his alcohol for his own safety and punched him in the face, cutting the boy's lip and mouth. Ring also had been accused of assaulting other family members.