TAYLOR COUNTY—A defendant found himself in trouble, after he failed to adhere to the terms of his bond supervision.
Justin Shultz was back in Taylor County Circuit Court last week, after failing to follow the strict orders of Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats.
Shultz had previously been allowed to attend a long-term drug treatment program and petitioned the court to be allowed to attend some additional treatment.
After hearing from the defendant, the court expressed concern with allowing him to spend his time between treatments out and about, for fear that the pull of his addiction would prove too strong.
Sadly, Shultz had a positive drug screen while out on the community correction program.
“I am out of breath,” expressed Tyler Rester, Shultz’s defense council. “We would admit there was a positive screen. My client had been clean for 11 months, but the power of his environment in Grafton was just too strong.”
Moats voiced his discontent with Shultz’s actions.
“Isn’t that what I told him I was worried about,” Moats questioned.
He reminded the court that the defendant promised if he relapsed and “screwed things up,” that he was ready to face the consequences and serve his time in prison. Moats asked Shultz if he was ready to fulfill that promise.
“No, I am not. I relapsed, and that’s all I can say. I really tried,” he voiced.
“Trying doesn’t get it and making promises doesn’t get it either. I always tell people to think long and hard before they make a promise,” Moats expressed. “I don’t make promises to make myself feel good, but that’s what you do. They aren’t promises; they are just wishful thinking.”
He explained that he was tired of lecturing Shultz each time he appeared in court.
“I have lectured you a great deal, and it is like water off a duck’s back. At this point, you have no credibility in this courtroom—zero, zippo, none,” Moats declared.
The judge explained that while he was frustrated with the defendant’s actions, he knew that Shultz was suffering from severe drug addiction. He asked for input from Community Corrections Director Tammy Narog, who voiced dissatisfaction for the situation, as well.
“I have no clue that treatment will even work,” she said. “I’ve been working with Mr. Shultz for a long time, and he always ends back up here in orange.”
Moats ordered that Shultz’s sentence would be reinstated and would be served behind bars.
However, he noted that if the defendant was able to get into another long-term drug rehabilitation program, of at least six months to a year, he would allow for his sentence to be served there.
“I don’t know what else to do, because you continually self-destruct,” Moats voiced. “You are going to have to make a big decision here, and only you can decide if you want a better life.”