KINGSTON – Up to 14 years
in prison and a $15,000 fine was the sentence given to Carlos Diggs, 28,
formerly of Poughkeepsie. Biggs was sentenced on Friday in Ulster
County Court on several counts, including aggravated criminal contempt,
a felony, for which he received the maximum sentence of 3½ -7 years
in state prison. Other offenses carry lessor sentences, but they
are to run consecutively.
The arrest stems from a domestic violence case.
The victim’s mother spoke at sentencing. Directing her comments at the defendant, she stated that nobody deserves to be treated the way Diggs treated her daughter, “beating her like an animal”. She said that no sentence would make up for the abuse her daughter endured at the hands of Diggs. Additionally, some of the abuse occurred in front of their young son who now experiences nightmares and anger he cannot control.
Diggs also spoke at sentence. He initially claimed to be remorseful,
then lashed out using profanity, some of it directed at the judge.
Diggs was warned countless times and was given the opportunity to apologize
to everyone in the courtroom. Repeated outbursts led to a maximum
contempt of court of $5,000 to be taken from his inmate account.
Undeterred, Diggs proceeded in the same vain despite warnings from the
judge and was ultimately held in contempt of court two more times and
fined the maximum amount on each.
Diggs’s plea satisfied two initial indictments containing a total of 54 counts. He was to go on trial on Monday.
The case came to light when the victim appeared at Kingston Hospital
days after the last beating.