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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Ind. Courts - More on "Jury finds former attorney guilty on drug charges"

Updating this ILB post from Aug. 27 (and earlier links), Alan Stewart reported yesterday in a long story the Corydon Democrat:

A former Corydon attorney learned her sentence Thursday afternoon in Harrison Superior Court.

Special Judge Frank Newkirk Jr. of Salem sentenced Leah Fink to 10 years in the Indiana Dept. of Corrections, with two years suspended, and 100 hours community service. With credit for time already served and assuming good-time credit, she will serve about three years in prison.

Newkirk said he was recommending Fink for Purposeful Incarceration, which is an IDOC program for offenders who have addiction problems. Once the offender is placed at the facility, they will be assessed by the substance abuse staff. If they meet the substance abuse admission criteria, they will be offered the opportunity to enter the PI program. The offender must agree to adhere to all program rules and expectations and to fully participate in all program activities. If an offender successfully completes the program, the judge can choose to modify the offender sentence and return them to the community early.

"You have a lot of family support, and I know it's embarrassing for you today," Newkirk told Fink, adding that he's seen people put similar situations behind them and move on with their lives once they were released from prison. "If you do your part ... and take part in the programs, I think you are going to put this behind you."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 1, 2015 01:49 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts