TAYLOR COUNTY—After continued drug use, a Taylor County man is back behind bars, following a heart in Taylor County Circuit Court.
In July 2019, Jason Matthew Spring, appeared in Taylor County Circuit Court to enter into a negotiated plea agreement with the state of West Virginia.
Per the agreement, he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a felony, but his plea was deferred and taken under advisement.
As part of the deferred adjudication, Spring was placed on the community corrections program for a period of two years, and upon the successful completion of the program, his charged would be dropped to misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
However, after entering the plea, Spring continued to abuse drugs, presenting multiple positive drug screens while on the Taylor County Community Corrections Program.
According to court documents, Spring entered the Legends Treatment Program for detox in November 2019. After successfully completing that program, he was transferred to the Inspires program, which was completed in February 2020.
And while he had been given the tools to combat his addiction, the call of drugs proved to be too strong, and Spring began using illegal drugs once more.
Because of his continued drug use, his supervision was revoked in September 2020, to serve a sanction. He was then released in October 2020 to attend detox at Legends once more.
After a successful detox in January, it was reported to the court that the defendant produced a positive drug screening in February. He was once again revoked and remanded to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
Although the previous attempts at rehabilitation had not yet taken hold, Spring, through his counsel Katica Ribel, petitioned the court to allow him one more shot in his battle against drug addiction.
Noting that the court had made several attempts to help him overcome his addiction, and that Taylor County Community Corrections Director Tammy Narog had done the same with little cooperation from Spring, Moats ordered that his previously entered guilty plea would be accepted, and he would serve his one-to-five- year sentence behind bars.
Because he understood the pull of addictions on an individual, Moats added that if Spring could gain acceptance into an inpatient, long-term treatment facility, he would consider his release to attend.