GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man who was recently granted judicial release into the SEPTA (Southeastern Probation Treatment Alternative) program, was sent back to prison late last week serve out the remainder of his term.
Nathan S. Halley, 27, Crown City, was granted judicial release during a hearing on April 5 in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County after he had served approximately 26 months of incarceration and was recently sent back to prison after probation violations were filed in this case.
Halley had been sentenced to serve a four-year prison term in 2010 after he pleaded guilty to fleeing and eluding and breaking and entering two separate cases.
The defendant had been charged with breaking and entering after he broke into a parts garage owned by Clifford’s Auto Parts, 1710 Call Road, Ohio Township, on October 14, 2009. A guilty plea to this charge on February 8, 2010, resulted in a 12-month prison term.
In his second case, Halley also pleaded guilty on February 8, 2010, to fleeing and eluding following an incident that occurred on December 3, 2009.
As reported after the incident, an officer with the Gallipolis Police Department attempted to stop Halley who was the driver of a vehicle traveling near the intersection of Second Avenue and Pine Street in Gallipolis on December 3, 2009. Halley, who had a warrant on indictment for his arrest in an unrelated common pleas case, began accelerating as he reached State Street, ran the red light located at Fourth Avenue and State Street, crossed the center line and crashed, head-on into another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
The vehicle struck by Halley was totalled and the two adult occupants were taken to Holzer Medical Center with minor injuries, while a third occupant, a young child, was reportedly not injured in the crash.
After the collision, Halley reportedly tried to escape but was quickly apprehended by police.
A guilty plea to fleeing and eluding in this case resulted in a three-year prison term, as well as a six-year suspension of his operator’s license, effective December 3, 2009.
During sentencing in February 2010, the prison terms handed down in the common pleas court in these two separate cases were ordered to be served consecutively for a total of four years.
On April 5, 2012, Halley was granted judicial release as per the underlying plea agreement signed by the defendant and the prosecuting attorney’s office.
The plea agreement stipulated that the prosecution would recommend Halley’s judicial release into the SEPTA program in Nelsonville after he had served two years of his four year sentence. Additionally, the court imposed a two-year community control sanction in which the defendant was ordered to report twice monthly to his probation officer after his release from SEPTA.
On September 4, probation violations were filed in this case and alleged that Halley submitted a urine sample that was not his own to officials at SEPTA and subsequently admitted to taking Percocet while at work. Halley was terminated on August 30 from the program due to his admitted use of illegal drugs.
The defendant was later arraigned on these violations, and, on November 8, Halley was sent back to prison to serve the remainder of his four-year prison term in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
According to the journal entry filed with the clerk of courts office, prior to his release, Halley had served a total of two years, three months and eleven days of his four-year prison sentence.