Friday, May 2, 2008

GREAT MOMENTS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Timothy E. Caudill, 21, could lose his probation over the infraction at a community corrections program. He slept through a fire drill, had loose tobacco in his possession and didn't show up for kitchen duty.Then Timothy E. Caudill shared a Little Debbie snack cake with another inmate at a correctional facility in southeastern Ohio. That was the last straw.

The 21-year-old was kicked out of the residential community corrections program that was a requirement of his probation. And he could go to prison. That is absurd, said Caudill's attorney, Claire "Buzz" Ball. "Everybody talks about prison overcrowding. My God, you have to send some guy to prison for sharing a snack?" Ball said.

Vinton County Prosecutor Timothy P. Gleeson has asked Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Simmons to revoke Caudill's probation and put him in prison. . . The prosecutor wants Caudill put in prison for nine months. With credit for 105 days served at the SEPTA Correctional Facility, he would serve nearly six more months. . .

"My God, over a 50-cent cake, the state would spend $12,600 for six months," Ball said.

Caudill bought the Little Debbie from the vending machine and then knowingly shared it with a fellow inmate who was on restriction and wasn't allowed access to the vending-machine snacks, said Bob Eaton, operations manager at SEPTA. Caudill was kicked out the next day.

"Admittedly, some of the rules seem a little strange, but the guys come to us because they made bad choices," he said.

Caudill racked up a string of about eight misdemeanor offenses before breaking into Krazy Katie's and getting his first felony conviction, Gleeson said, and his behavior at SEPTA shows that he still fails to follow the rules.

"It's more complicated than a Little Debbie snack cake," he said.

Caudill said he bought a Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie to share with someone who was allowed snack privileges, but a "boy who was always messing with" Caudill and was restricted from snacks swiped part of it.

"I don't think I deserve prison time," Caudill said. "Maybe 30 days (in jail) and extended probation."

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