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Probationer gets chance at rehab to avoid prison
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 31, 2013 | 1640 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A probationer with three years remaining on a 15-year sentence was recently given a chance at drug treatment instead of being sent back to prison.

Dominique Jamal Pitts was in Jones County Superior Court Jan. 17 to stipulate to recent probation violations of possession of marijuana, violating curfew, and not paying his fees and fines.

Assistant District Attorney Keagan Waystack asked the court to send Pitts to a state residential substance abuse treatment program until he successfully completes the program. He will then return to probation subject to original terms and conditions.

The defendant will remain in the Jones County Law Enforcement Center until space is available for him at the drug treatment facility.

In an e-mail inquiring about Pitts’ sentence, Waystack noted that the defendant served the entire first 10 years of his sentence in prison.

“We were trying to not take the rest of his life and ability away from him,” she commented.

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