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Chesy man headed back to prison

A Chesapeake man will go back to prison after he violated the terms of his parole on a murder charge by committing a burglary.

Timothy Crouch, 28, of 80 Township Road 1464, admitted to breaking into a relative's residence in Chesapeake June 15 and stealing a DVD player and some coins.

"I have a drug problem," Crouch said

to Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown Wednesday when explaining the crime. "I hope to get the opportunity to complete drug treatment. I was in a facility before but the focus wasn't on drugs and that's my downfall."

McCown accepted the recommendation of Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson that Crouch be given a 3-year prison sentence.

After 6 months in prison, Crouch could be considered for judicial release and transferred to an in-house drug treatment facility, followed by four years community controlled sanctions. Crouch will also have to pay $300 restitution to his victim.

Crouch was given two days to take care of personal matters before he reports to authorities but must undergo a drug test when he surrenders himself.

Crouch is no stranger to the judicial system. In November 2002, 84-year-old Juanita Moore, of Chesapeake died when a car driven by Crouch crossed the center line of State Route 7 and struck her vehicle head on. In April 2003 he was sentenced to three years in prison for after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter in connection with Moore's death.

But in October 2003, Crouch was granted a judicial release so he could obtain treatment at the STAR Criminal Justice Center. His treatment at STAR was to be followed by community controlled sanctions which were violated by this recent burglary admission.