Gallia man back in prison for parole violation

Michael Johnson -

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man is headed back to prison after he failed to meet requirements of his early judicial release.

John S. Burke II, 35, was arrested last week because of a probation violation. He was originally arrested in 2011 on drug trafficking charges and was subsequently sentenced to four years in prison.

Burke reportedly sold or offered to sell three morphine tablets on Dec. 26, 2010 — and again two days later — in the vicinity of juveniles, a third-degree felony, and was in possession of the tablets.

He was sentenced to four years, but as part of a plea deal, the state agreed to recommend judicial release after he served only two years, so long as he complied with the terms and conditions of his community control. He was released from prison in July 2013.

“The original drug trafficking took place back in December 2010 inside the city limits of Gallipolis, said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “Officers with the Gallipolis Police Department had received information that drugs were being sold at a residence inside the city. Officers focused their efforts on investigating the information and were able to confirm that (Burke) sold morphine tablets inside his home with three juveniles present at the time of the transaction.”

According to the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office, Burke failed to report to his community control officer as required, prompting the state to revoke his community control and send him back to prison to serve out the remainder of his original sentence.

Michael Johnson

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