GALLIPOLIS — Larry C. Winston Jr. was sentenced to prison for 11 months for violating the terms and conditions of community control.
According to the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, Winston was originally placed on felony probation through the Gallia County Common Pleas Court in October 2014 for failure to pay child support, a felony of the fifth degree. He was indicted by the Gallia County Grand Jury based upon his failure to provide support for his biological children in two different cases, according to Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins.
At the time Winston was prosecuted, he owed in excess of $11,000 in back child support and was placed on probation for two years for his failure to pay child support.
“While on probation, this defendant committed various violations of law and therefore community control violations were promptly filed against him,” Adkins said. “The state proved to the court that the defendant was found guilty of domestic violence in December 2015 through the Gallipolis Municipal Court and additionally had been consuming alcohol on the night he was arrested for domestic violence.
“Further, the defendant failed to report timely to his community control officer. Each of these violations were pursued by my office.”
“This case is an excellent example of the Gallia County Child Support Enforcement Agency pursuing a non-payer at the felony level based on the large amount of back-support owed,” said Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman. “Under Ohio law, the only remedy at the time of the original crime was felony probation, which the defendant received. However, since the defendant committed other crimes while he was on probation, Ohio law then allows for a term of imprisonment of 11 months for the original crime and the violations.”
Adkins said Winston was ordered to begin serving the prison term immediately.
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