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Judge lets man out of jail after listening to life story
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 08, 2014 | 2030 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A hard-luck story presented in Superior Court last week was so sad it moved a seasoned judge to give the defendant another chance at probation.

From all indications at the beginning of the May 1 probation hearing for Gregory Sharp, the defendant was on his way to prison, or, at the least, time in the detention center.

Superior Court Judge James Kline was nodding his head in agreement as Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin told the court that Sharp had failed to report to his probation officer, was behind on his fines and fees, failed to complete his community service, and had refused to provide a urine sample for a drug test.

She said she tried to work with Sharp by converting some of his fines to 20 hours of community service, which made it more frustrating when he did not do it.

The defendant is on probation because he pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin Sept. 29, 2010, and received six years probation. The end date of his probation is Sept. 28, 2016.
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