Home detainees punished for violating rules

March 31, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Home detainee Gary Lee Butts' 53 minutes of freedom Saturday could send him to prison for 37 years.

Butts, 19, of 40 N. Mulberry St., was sentenced to three years in jail for auto theft and traffic offenses on March 3 by retired Judge Darrow Glaser, who was sitting in Washington County District Court.

Glaser suspended all but one year, gave Butts credit for 79 days he'd already served and placed him on home detention for the balance.

Last Saturday at 10:24 p.m., the alert came in that Butts' home detention ankle bracelet had been cut, court records said. When his home was checked, he was gone.


According to Investigator Pete Lazich of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Butts was seen on Howell Road at 11:17 p.m. in a vehicle allegedly stolen from a friend.

He was taken into custody and charged with car theft, unauthorized use, felony theft, destruction of property, and escape.

Convictions on those charges could result in 37 years in prison.

A bond commissioner on Sunday afternoon denied bond for Butts.

Visiting Judge Thomas Lohm set bond at $75,000 on Monday.

Also running afoul of the home detention privilege was Brenda Elizabeth Herrera, 33, of 1057C Noland Drive.

Herrera appeared in Washington County District Court Monday afternoon wearing leg irons - a big difference from the home detention ankle bracelet that allegedly was cut on March 21.

Lohm ordered Herrera held without bond until a scheduled hearing on new charges of escape from confinement, violation of home detention and destruction of property in the form of the bracelet.

She faces 11 years and two months on the new charges.

On March 19, Herrera was in court on a charge of theft by scheme. She was found guilty and sentenced by Judge Noel Spence to two years in jail, all but four months suspended.

Those four months were to be served on home detention, according to court records.

Two days later, the Washington County Sheriff's Department got an alert that her bracelet had been cut. When officers arrived at her home, they found the cut bracelet inside the door.

Herrera was apprehended on March 28 and taken before a bond commissioner at 8:49 p.m. Bond was denied.

Hearings on the new charges have been scheduled for Butts and Herrera on April 28.

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