Smith Sentenced For Violating Probation
Christopher Watson Smith, 25, of 105 North Second Ave., Paden City, was sentenced Monday, Aug. 31, to his underlying prison sentence of one to 10 years after admitting to violating the terms of his probation.
Smith had originally entered into a conditional plea Dec. 11, 2014 for destruction of property. He had been sentenced to one to 10 years; however, the sentence was suspended and he was placed on 36 months of probation. The court had agreed that once Smith made restitution for his crime, he would be discharged from probation and his case would be dismissed.
“When are you going to grow up, get a job, and pay taxes?” Judge Hummel inquired Monday of Smith, who admitted to not having a job.
Smith also had told the judge that he lived with his mother.
“Who buys your groceries?” Hummel asked.
“Food stamps,” Smith responded.
“You are 25; you have a four-year-old child, and you don’t have a job,” Hummel stated.
Smith said he has had trouble getting a job and getting transportation to places.
“Do you have a bicycle?” Hummel asked, in which Smith replied that he did not.
“I agreed to let him off probation once he paid his restitution,” Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught remarked. “If he had gotten a job and paid his restitution, he wouldn’t even be on probation.” Haught said he was asking for a 120 day prison sentence for Smith, as he had already served 60 days for a previous probation violation.
Smith’s probation officer, Stephanie Moore, informed the court that she had submitted the petition to revoke Smith’s probation because of his lack of payment of restitution, along with a positive drug test.
“He doesn’t have money to pay for groceries, so we buy his food stamps, but he has money to pay for drugs,” Hummel remarked.
Smith admitted to using suboxone.
Hummel inquired as to whether Smith had sought any treatment for drug addiction, in which he replied that he had not.
“The court imposes the balance of the prison sentence of one to 10 years. He’ll go to prison and be cut off those food stamps,” Hummel stated.
“The gentleman has not done an iota of anything to meet the goals of probation and rehabilitation. The community is best served given the circumstances.