Man gets year in jail in Detroit mob beating

DETROIT (AP) – A judge greatly influenced by a young man’s apology sentenced him to a year in jail Thursday for his part in a mob attack that left a Detroit-area motorist in a coma for days.

A prosecutor objected to James Davis’ punishment, which was below the guidelines of 19 to 38 months in prison.

Davis, 24, is one of five people to plead guilty to assault in the April 2 beating of Steve Utash in Detroit. The suburban tree trimmer was attacked after getting out of his pickup truck to help a boy who was struck while darting in front of Utash’s vehicle.

Utash, 54, still is recovering from his injuries and wasn’t in court.

“I’d like to apologize to Mr. Steven Utash. I’d like to apologize to Detroit. … The city’s already got a bad name,” said Davis, who asked the judge for a “second chance.”

“I don’t want my whole life to be judged on one moment,” he said.

Callahan said the attack was “brutality. It was criminal. It could have led to the death of Mr. Utash.” But he added that Davis’ remarks were “well-spoken.”

Davis will be able to leave jail during the day if he can find a job. And after serving his jail sentence, he will be on probation for four years.