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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Ind. courts - "Judge Alevizos tells bank robbery suspect he's to blame for his heroin addiction"

Stan Maddux reports in the NWI Times in a story that begins:

LAPORTE | A LaPorte bank robbery suspect on Friday blamed the judicial system for not curing his heroin addiction during a previous stint behind bars.

Ryan Mounts, 32, was arraigned on a Class C felony robbery charge linked to a Dec. 27 robbery at the Fifth Third Bank in the 800 block of Monroe Street. His bond was set at $100,000.

Mounts seemed to be arguing for a reduction in his bond when he claimed not enough was done during his previous incarceration to help him get a handle on his heroin addiction.

“I failed three drug tests for heroin. I was asking for help,” said Mounts, who served time in prison for robbing a LaPorte tobacco store at gunpoint in 2008.

LaPorte Circuit Judge Tom Alevizos interrupted, telling Mounts that blame rests with himself.

“I think people are responsible for their own actions, and when I sit here I get really sick and tired of people trying to blame other people for their actions,” Alevizos said. “I would stop talking if I were you."

The judge granted Mounts' request for a speedy trial and scheduled the case to go before a jury starting Feb. 4.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 6, 2013 01:29 PM
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