Suspended IMPD officer pleads guilty to criminal recklessness
UPDATE: Beaton was sentenced to two years home detention with one year probation for criminal recklessness.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 24, 2015)– Veteran IMPD Officer Justin Beaton pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness for a fight last year with his girlfriend that left her battered, bloodied and the target of gunfire.
Beaton’s felony guilty plea means he can no longer possess a firearm or remain a police officer.
“This gentleman has a good police record, from what I understand,” said Beaton’s attorney Jack Crawford, “and he now has two children to care for, will soon have two very small children to care for, so he will not be able to have a weapon as a result of this conviction ever again.”
Beaton’s girlfriend rushed from the courtroom and ignored questions from reporters after Crawford convinced Judge Lisa Borges to rescind a no contact order between the couple.
“The victim is pregnant by my client. She is expecting another child,” said Crawford. “It certainly is my expectation that they wish to unite in some relationship, perhaps marriage.
“I expect her to testify at the sentencing hearing that she wants to be with Justin Beaton,” he said.
That sentencing is set for October 7 as Beaton faces 1-6 years in prison.
At first the woman backed up Beaton’s story that she was accidentally hit in the face by a bed frame shoved through a window.
Her mouth was severely damaged from a gunshot wound.
The victim later recanted her false statement, telling an officer, “I get scared he’s gonna try to do something to me. I mean I get scared honestly that he’s probably gonna try to kill me.”
The girlfriend told police the fight started on August 30, 2014, after she poured out Beaton’s liquor because of his issues with drinking.
The woman told police that when she told Beaton she was pregnant with a son who was eventually born in the summer of last year, “Beaton wanted her to have an abortion…” and she informed a detective he told her, “This child is a detriment to our lives…”
IN 2010, Beaton’s south side home was heavily damaged in a fire of an undetermined origin.