FARMINGTON – A Farmington man who pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to spanking a 4-year-old boy until he bled entered into an agreement Monday that will delay sentencing for two years.

Paul Earl Pitcher III, 30, of Farmington, was sentenced to one year in jail by a Franklin County judge, and all but 60 days of the sentence were suspended. According to Franklin County District Court documents, Pitcher must serve one year of probation upon his release for a domestic violence charge against the child’s mother.

The terms of the deferred sentencing agreement require Pitcher to complete anger management counseling by Sept. 30, 2016, the extent of which will be determined by his probation officer. The court documents also stated that Pitcher is to have no contact with the victims and he is to abide by any restraining orders they may have filed.

If Pitcher completes the terms of Monday’s agreement, he will be able to withdraw his Sept. 10 plea to the felony charge of domestic violence to a child under 6 and instead plea to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

The case originated on April 22, when Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a report of domestic violence on a child at the Flagstaff Apartments in Eustis.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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