A Billings judge on Tuesday sentenced a man who previously admitted that he endangered his toddler son while driving drunk after assaulting the child's mother.
District Judge Russell C. Fagg gave Ryan Scott Romero, 28, a five-year deferred sentence for a count of felony criminal endangerment and suspended six-month and one-year sentences respectively for misdemeanor counts of DUI and partner or family member assault.
The felony charge will be removed from Romero’s record if he meets the conditions of his sentences, which include a chemical dependency evaluation, parenting and anger management classes, screening for the Yellowstone County Impaired Driving Court and $500 in fines.
Romero was arrested April 2, 2013, after police were called to a residence on Hawthorne Lane at about 3:50 a.m., according to court records.
A woman told officers that Romero, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her then 3-year-old son, came to the residence intoxicated, spat at her and slapped her in the face before grabbing the boy and leaving.
A short time later, officers located and arrested Romero at his mother's residence on Janie Street, where they also found the boy, court records state.
Romero told the judge that he is ready to give up drugs and alcohol.
“Mr. Romero, I really want you to be successful, and I think you can be,” Fagg replied. “It’s completely up to you, and I wish you the very best.”