A Sweet Home man should serve 18 months on probation for injuring his son, a Benton County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Shawn Patrick Richardson pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mistreatment, a felony charge that will be treated as a misdemeanor in this case, said Judge Locke Williams.

Locke sentenced Richardson, who is 26 years old, to bench probation, meaning he will not be supervised by a probation officer. Richardson should also complete 20 hours of community service, as well as a parenting class, Locke ordered.

The judge said Richardson should have only supervised visits with both his children.

Prosecutors filed charges against Richardson on July 31. According to a charging document filed in the case, Richardson had care of the child on July 30 when he caused physical injury to him.

Deputy District Attorney Kristen Farnworth did not offer details on the extent of the child’s injury. Farnworth read a statement from the child’s mother, who said she would like Richardson to be a successful parent one day, but that he’ll need to stop using drugs and alcohol.

Richardson spoke only during the hearing to answer the judge’s questions.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock.