A Cooperstown man who was granted a new trial on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct has entered a guilty plea to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, and has been sentenced to fourteen months to five years in state prison.
33 year-old Ryan Culver had originally been sentenced to five-to-ten years on the same endangerment count, plus a charge of aggravated assault. In the new trial, the assault charge was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.
Culver is already serving time in a 2007 case involving driving under the influence while a child was riding with him. His new sentence, then, cannot begin until at least May.
In the newer case, Culver was accused of swinging around a 13 month-old boy until he lost control and the child was thrown into a table. Prosecutors claimed that, at the time of his arrest in 2008, Culver had repeatedly claimed that the boy had fallen.