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Probation violators sent to prison

Published 11:12am Thursday, August 23, 2012

For those who can’t fulfill their probation requirements, prison is the only other option.

Two men found that out Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

In separate cases, Judge D. Scott Bowling found the men guilty of violating their community control sanctions.

Trent Finley, 25, of 229 Township Road 1301, Chesapeake, was sentenced in May to treatment in lieu of conviction. That means Finley was able to plead guilty to a felony and misdemeanor count of theft, but his punishment was delayed to allow him to seek drug or alcohol treatment.

In those cases, as long as the person follows the rules and is successfully treated for the addiction, the punishment is delayed; if the person does not do as ordered, the punishment is then levied.

In Finley’s case, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Smith said the man did not report to jail so he could be taken to STAR, nor did he report to other mandatory counseling sessions or report with the probation department.

“He failed to take advantage of the opportunity given to him by the court,” Smith said.

Bowling sentenced Finley to 11 months in prison and 60 days in the Lawrence County jail.

“We gave you an opportunity because we knew you had family to support you,” Bowling said. “… You failed to take advantage of anything.”

Justin Hargis, 31, of 64 Township Road 1013, South Point, spent one day in the STAR program before getting kicked out. Hargis was sentenced to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation back in May for a charge of theft.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said Hargis was sent to the facility on Aug. 14, but would not cooperate with the staff and threatened other residents.

Anderson also said Hargis tested positive for drugs while on probation.

Bowling sentenced Hargis to 11 months in prison.

In other cases:

• Ashley Poff, AKA Dodson, 26, of 217 Township Road 1430, South Point, was arraigned on fifth-degree counts of forgery and theft. Dodson pleaded not guilty through her attorney Phillip Heald.

Bowling set a $25,000 own-recognizance bond and scheduled a Sept. 12 pretrial.

• Charlene Childers, 29, of 5679 State Route 243, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree breaking and entering. She pleaded guilty through her attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Bowling sentenced Childers to four years CCS/ISP, STAR, 200 hours community service and ordered her to pay restitution to two victims totaling $1,459.

If Childers fails to comply to the orders, she would be sent to prison for 11 months.


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