YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A one-time Golden Gloves boxing champ from the Valley and trainer could be facing many years in prison after being convicted Tuesday of child endangering.
Prosecutors said Wesley Triplett repeatedly assaulted a young child who was just four years old at the time, whipping the child and worse.
“He whipped the child with an electrical cord that left horrible scars on his back. The child sustained a bad burn on his elbow, and he also had a sprained elbow and various broken ribs,” said Attorney Jennifer McLaughlin, assistant Mahoning County prosecutor.
It took a Mahoning County jury only about an hour to find Triplett guilty on three counts of child endangering and one count of domestic violence. The trial had just started Monday morning.
“This is one of the times where everyone came together and actually was able to help a child in danger. If it wasn’t for the CBS’s intervention or the sheriff’s department intervention, we don’t know what would have happened to that child,” said Attorney Nick Brevetta, assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor.
In 2008, Triplett was given probation after a felonious assault conviction. He was convicted of punching a doctor during a basketball game at the former South Field House in Youngstown in 2007. He was sentenced to three years probation in that case.
Prosecutors say they will bring up the defendant’s violent past outside the boxing ring when he is sentenced Thursday morning by Judge Scott Krichbaum.
Triplett could face 27 years in prison. He will be sentenced at a later date.