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Given a Third Chance, Probation is Revoked and Remainder of Prison Sentence Imposed

August 21, 2014

MugShot_Curt BolinCurt Bolin, 25, of Wabash, appeared in Marshall Superior Court No. 1 to face several allegations of violating his probation. In open court, Bolin admitted that he had violated several terms of his probation that Judge Robert O. Bowen had put on him previously. Among the allegations, Bolin admitted a drug screen revealed he tested positive for methamphetamine, morphine, codeine and hydromorphone. He also admitted he had failed to report to James Bendy, his Probation Officer, as previously ordered.

Bolin had been sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment, with 2 years suspended, for possession of heroin, a Class C felony. After his prison sentence, he was placed on two years of probation. Bolin was released from Miami Correctional Facility on January 26, 2012. Within six months, a motion to revoke probation was filed for testing positive for methamphetamines, amphetamines, and marijuana. In August of 2013, Judge Bowen revoked Bolin’s probation and ordered him to serve 180 days at the Department of Corrections.

But from the Marshall County Jail, Bolin testified he was transferred to the Wabash County Jail to face new charges there. On September 9, 2013, Bolin, while still in custody was drug tested and found positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, morphine, codeine, and hydromorphone. Somewhat perplexed how he could test positive for such a wide array of drugs, Bolin testified to Judge Bowen that another inmate at the Wabash County Jail had brought the drugs into the jail. Upon questioning by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Nelson Chipman, Bolin only knew the individual’s nickname, and no last name. Bolin testified the person brought in enough drugs to get his entire cell block intoxicated. Chipman noted in cross-examination that Bolin in his original charge had been found by Marshall County jailers to possess several packets of heroin that were successfully intercepted.

In imposing the entire remainder of his sentence, Judge Bowen arranged for Bolin to undergo intensive drug rehabilitation while at the Department of Corrections.
Chipman noted, “It’s up to Mr. Bolin now, on whether he wants to break this addiction, or live a life of misery and early death.”