Judge notes overpopulation, medical bills in decision

Last updated: May 06. 2014 6:11PM - 1278 Views
By Jane Beathard jbeathard@civitasmedia.com

Anthony DeHart
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Advanced lung cancer got London resident Anthony DeHart out of Tri-County Regional Jail on Monday, May 5.

The 49-year-old DeHart was jailed April 4 for violating terms of his community control on a 2013 drug-possession conviction.

On Monday, DeHart admitted moving to Columbus without notifying probation officers in Madison County Common Pleas Court — as was required.

Visiting Judge Robert D. Nichols said DeHart’s recent diagnosis of stage-four lung cancer rendered any punishment for the violation unnecessary.

“Over-population of the jail is costing the county significantly,” Nichols said.

Medical costs associated with treating DeHart would add to the growing bill, Nichols noted.

Instead, Nichols extended DeHart’s community control for a year and placed the man on house arrest at his 68 S. Main St. apartment.

He cautioned DeHart against further violations.

“You’ll spend your last days in the penitentiary,” Nichols warned DeHart.

Also on Monday, Nichols sentenced Joshua Douglas, 28, of London, to 14 months in prison for trafficking heroin on Sept. 13, 2013, in violation of his community control for a 2013 conviction for dealing the same drug.

Douglas pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea deal.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.

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