TAYLOR COUNTY—A Taylor County man was back in front of Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats on Thursday to hear his fate.
Back in May, Cary Lee Wilson, 48, pled guilty to malicious assault, a crime that could see him spending the next 2-10 years in prison.
As part of the plea negotiations, the state agreed to stand silent at sentencing, and a presentence investigation was ordered to be completed before the matter would be set for a sentencing hearing.
On Thursday, Moats revealed that the presentence investigation has been completed and the report had been filed with the court.
Wilson’s defense council, Greg Michael, shared with the court that his client’s issues had stemmed from drug use, and that he already taken steps to battle his addiction.
“Mr. Wilson has already completed rehab and is being a productive member of society and is currently holding a steady job,” Michael reported. “We are asking the court to consider an alternative sentence for Mr. Wilson.”
Moats noted that the defendant looked better than he had in previous hearings.
“Today, you look 100 percent better than you did on day one in my courtroom,” he expressed. “When I first saw you, you looked as if you had one foot in the grave and the other one in up to your knee.”
Wilson agreed, saying that he was in bad shape before he completed rehab.
“Judge, I am feeling better and I’ve gotten my mind right,” he told the court.
He told the judge that it was his plan to move away from Grafton, and get out of town, away from the friends here that might try to pull him back into his addiction.
“I want to start over in a new place. I’m going to get back in church and stay away from people who are on drugs,” Wilson explained.
Moats told the defendant that it was his hope that he could maintain his sobriety.
“That’s your problem. You only have periods of sobriety and then you fall off the wagon,” he addressed Wilson. “When you’re clean, you do great, but then you slide and here we are again.”
Michael told the court that if his client would be allowed to serve his sentence alternatively, he would ask that he court order that he be drug tested, to ensure he would stay on the right path.
“When you are clean and sober, you try to do what you can to help people and you are a talented carpenter. You’re not a bad person, you just make some decisions that aren’t in your favor,” Moats voiced.
He ordered that Wilson’s two-to-ten-year sentence would be held in abeyance and he would be placed on the Taylor County Community Corrections program, under the watchful eye of Director Tammy Narog.
Moats further ordered that he would allow Wilson’s community correction sentence to be moved to whatever county he relocated to.
“I hope you seriously do consider relocating to a new town where your old drug buddies won’t try and drag you back into doing drugs,” Moats said. “I think a fresh start is what you need.”