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An Oroville man has been sentenced to prison for severely beating an 8-year-old boy and stealing from a 64-year-old man he was supposed to be caring for.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says David William Barber, 34, will spend nine years in state prison for stealing from a man he was paid to care for, and for beating his girlfriend’s son so badly that the child was left with two black eyes.
In January of 2014, while awaiting sentencing in the elder abuse case, Barber was arrested for punching the 8-year-old, whipping him with a belt, and repeatedly bouncing a golf ball off the top of his head. The child wasn’t permanently injured, but was severely bruised.
Barber’s court proceedings were delayed in September of 2014, when a court-appointed psychologist found him incompetent to stand trial. Barber was committed to Napa State Hospital, but in March of this year he was returned to Butte County and found competent to stand trial. Barber pled guilty to child endangerment on July 24.
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, the 8-year-old victim’s aunt, whom the boy lives with now, read a statement detailing the trauma the child suffered and the psychological issues the child continues to struggle with.
Also in court today was an Air Force veteran who suffers from ALS. The man told the court how Barber used to be his caretaker, but instead took financial advantage of him by stealing checks, overdrawing his checking account, and maxing out multiple credit cards.
The boy’s mother, Teresa Marie Brewer, 34, of Oroville, is in custody on a charge of child endangerment for failure to protect her son from Barber.
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