State v. TreadwayAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of assault and domestic violence assault and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. The convictions stemmed from an altercation Defendant had with his fourteen-year-old son. Defendant appealed, arguing that his conviction should be vacated the State did not produce sufficient evidence to overcome the “parental-control” justification, under which parents may use a “reasonable degree of force” in disciplining their children. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that there was sufficient evidence presented at trial for the jury to rationally conclude that Defendant’s actions exceeded the bounds of parental discipline and became criminal in nature.