Man asks to be sent to prison |

Man asks to be sent to prison

by Aurora Sain

A man who said he didn’t have any place else to go asked to be sent to prison on Tuesday.

David Slate, 37, who has been participating in drug court since 2014 asked to voluntarily withdraw from probation.

His mother passed away and he didn’t have many personal belongings and wants to be able to move to Arkansas to be with family once he is released.

“Thank you for giving me a chance at drug court,” said Slate. “I got to spend my mom’s last few years with her.”

He has credit for 146 days time served.

“I wish you well, life is hard,” said Young. “When you get out it’s not going to be any easier.”

■ Woman who hit a car in the Smith’s parking lot is facing a felony third DUI charge.

Beverly Ann Novoa, 36, hit another car after taking prescription pills, a mixture of Soma’s, Hydrocodone and Percocet.

She is facing up to six years in prison and a $2,000-$5,000 fine.

Her lawyer, Kris Brown, petitioned for Novoa to get accepted in the 3-5 year DUI court program.

If she is successful in the program, the felony will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Her previous DUI’s are from 2007 and 2014, and with the probation in the 2007 case it puts her just within the timeline to qualify for a felony third DUI.

A substance abuse evaluation was ordered and a review was set for July 12 at 9 a.m.

■ A nationwide bench warrant was issued for Julio Marquez, 38, for failure to maintain or support a child.

He was on a payment plan but wasn’t keep up with the scheduled payment amounts, and still has a balance of over $12,000.

■ Randall Crawford, 73, was arrested for a September 2015 sales of a controlled substance for selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent.

He is facing up to 6 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.

“I just needed some money and I made a big mistake,” said Crawford.

A sentencing date was set for Aug. 23 at 9 a.m.

“I don’t know if you use any controlled substances,” said Judge Tod Young. “But yesterday would have been a good day to quit.”

■ Steven Michael Williams, 19, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy after an October 2015 theft attempt was in court again on Tuesday.

His attorney Derrick Lopez requested Williams be accepted into the drug court program for his methamphetamine addiction.

“He is a good person but he definitely has a problem with drugs,” said Lopez.

When deputies arrived to the Walmart, they got reports of three men headed out with a shopping cart of stolen items. All the men ran, but Williams was later identified as one of them.

“One thing we don’t need any more of is thieves,” said Young. “I’m not too particularly tolerant of thieves.”

Williams was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear at the next drug court on July 11.