Violating multiple terms of his probation resulted in a Bedford County man having to serve a nine-year sentence in full, according to a recent appeals ruling.
Walter Lavar Wright had pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of .5 grams or more of cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to sell, receiving a Range I sentence of nine years' incarceration from Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler.
But after Wright successfully completed a "boot camp" program, he was placed on probation. However, by January 2011, a probation violation warrant was issued.
When he was brought before Crigler last July, Wright admitted that he failed to abide by the terms of his probation.
Appellate Judge James Curwood Witt Jr. agreed with how Crigler dealt with the case, stating it was "unquestionably justified."
Wright explained that he was "homeless" following a 2010 arrest for theft of services from a local utility company, but claimed that someone else living in his home was responsible for the utility bill.
Following his arrest, Wright said he lived with his girlfriend in Nashville without permission of his probation officer, Amy Stewart, but did not have the means to travel to meet her, asking Crigler to return him to probation.
But under questioning, Wright not only admitted that he failed to report the arrest to Stewart, he also failed to provide proof of employment and a forwarding address, and failed to meet with her for almost one year.
Likewise, Wright admitted that he owed $305 for probation fees and had paid only $30 toward his $6,000 in fines.
Crigler ordered Wright to serve his sentence in incarceration based upon its findings that he moved to Nashville without permission, along with the other probation violations, commenting, "So, obviously if you are going to get the benefit of boot camp you ought to take advantage of it and report to your probation officer."