A Frankfort man – accused of kidnapping the mother of his children before she recanted her testimony – will serve five years of probation for a number of charges including unlawful imprisonment.
Originally, Toma Washington, 35, of 408 Greenfields Lane, was accused of breaking into an apartment, assaulting the resident, Brandi King, and taking Whitney Davis against her will in January 2011.
Davis originally told police she was assaulted multiple times and that Washington was armed with a knife. But Davis, the mother of Washington’s children, changed her story.
In September, she said she voluntarily left with Washington and no weapon was present.
Subsequently, Washington was released from jail and placed on home incarceration with a GPS ankle monitor to help Davis care for the children.
Since his release, Washington has been the prominent caretaker for the couple’s children, while Davis said she works about 60 hours per week.
“He’s become a major component in their lives,” his attorney said in Franklin Circuit Court Friday.
Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced Washington to five years probation. Wingate said he feels the intense supervision is something Washington needs for now.
Washington has 520 days of jail time credit, and Wingate agreed that if Washington was sentenced to serve time in prison he would be out on parole – which is not as strict as probation – sooner than five years.
“You are going to be very much supervised as long as you are on probation,” Wingate said. “Its time for you to finally grow up.
“I do believe that you are sincere that you want to be with your family. I think this is a domestic matter that, without your past history, would never have made it this far.”
Washington has been taking conflict-resolution classes to help control his anger in stressful situations.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Todd said King requested Washington pay the $1,789 in property damages and medical bills from the night the offenses were committed.
“The main thing you need to focus on is proving to the citizens of Franklin County that you aren’t the same Toma Washington that you were in 1995-1997,” Wingate told him.
“You need to prove to them that you are a much better person than that, and I believe that you are.”
Washington will submit to random drug screens, continue with his anger management courses and pay the restitution to King, and if he has any new offenses while on probation, “I’ll personally be there to put you in jail,” Wingate said.
Washington was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 2001. He was convicted of assaulting a peace officer and trafficking in cocaine in 1996, according court records.