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Judge gives defendant a ‘pass’ on probation violation
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 06, 2014 | 1439 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A defendant in a probation modification hearing received an unexpected break from the Superior Court judge presiding over the case.

Taiwan Ross pled guilty to burglary Aug. 15, 2000, and received a sentence of 18 years with eight to serve. The end date of that sentence is Aug. 14, 2018.

Ross also pled guilty to possession of cocaine Sept. 11, 2008, and received a 10-year sentence that has an end date of Dec. 30, 2019.

He was in Superior Court Jan. 15 because he had failed to report to his probation officer since May 3, 2012, which is in violation of both of his probations.

Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin recommended to the court that Ross’ probation be revoked to prison for two years.

Public defender Sean Brodie said Ross had no violations since his last report date and asked for six months in the state probation detention center for his client.

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