By Michael R. Moser
By his own admission, Darren Bryce Hamby has been a drug addict since the age of 13, and since that time has built a lengthy criminal record laced with a host of drug charges.
"I'm just sick of it," Hamby, 39, told Judge Leon Burns during a probation revocation hearing held in December.
Burns, in turn, was sympathetic to Hamby's plight. "Addiction is a terrible problem, many times the underlying issue that brings people here ... the legislature, by inaction, says build jails instead of rehab."
While Hamby appeared sincere in his expressed desire to change his ways, and likewise, the judge recognized that sincerity, but he also noted that the court's credibility was at stake, "if we don't mean what we say. I wish we were not in this position, and could help you again."
The judge continued stating the court system has to rely on the defendant to do the right thing when "we give you a chance on probation. There are only so many chances ... you just have to do it."
In March of 2011, Hamby, living on Daisy Ave. at the time, was indicted on charges of sale of and delivery of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine and on April 12 of last year, pleaded guilty and received a split sentence of 136 days to serve followed by ten years on supervised probation, with a fine of $2,000.
In July of last year he tested positive for meth and also got arrested for failing to pay child support. The double whammy landed him in jail and before the judge on probation violations.
Hamby's attorney, Robert Zecher, argued that his client "wants to do well," despite a history of not complying with any form of probation. Hamby was doing "exceptionally well" during a stint in Teen Challenge, but the effort failed when he returned home after a friend was murdered. "I should have never come home," Hamby said.
Assistant District Attorney General Amanda Hunter noted Hamby's extensive criminal history, and told the court Hamby had been on probation since 1998.
"People do change at a certain point in life and just get sick of it," Hamby countered. "It is not who I am."
In the end, Hamby was ordered to serve the balance of his ten-year sentence.
In other cases on the docket, the following took place:
•Kimberly Sharlene Adkisson, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, dropped.
•William Allen Davenport, aggravated child abuse and felony murder, hearing continued to March 4.
•Daryl Stephen Hall, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, bond reduced from $40,000 to $15,000; continued to Jan. 22 discussion docket and Jan. 30 deadline docket.
•Krista Renee Brown, reckless aggravated assault with bodily injury, continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket for Jan. 30.
•Kevin Sherrill, initiation and promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of more than .5 grams of meth for sale and delivery, to serve one year.
•Calvin Glen Edmonds, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, continued to Jan. 22 discussion date and Jan. 30 deadline docket.
•Brigette Michelle Ledbetter, two counts each of sale and delivery of oxycontin and possession of a schedule II drug with intent, failure to appear for sentencing hearing; forfeiture and capias issued and ordered held for bond hearing.
•Bradley James Norris, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for bond hearing.
•Christopher James Sanders, three counts of driving on a suspended license, state to drop the charges.
•Joshua Matthews Norton, attempted second-degree murder with alternate count of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, bond reduced from $250,000 to $50,000 with case continued.
•John Dallas Brown, on probation because of two counts of passing a forged instrument, had probation revoked because of probation violations; ordered to serve balance of sentence.
•Russell A. Edwards, second offense driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license, probation violation warrant dismissed; to have all paid by March 18.
•Pamela W. Hinch, on probation because of theft of more than $60,000, eight counts of forgery and two counts of fraud, ordered to pay $200 restitution per month with case to be reviewed June 26.
•Justin Robert Holman, theft of more than $1,000 and theft of $500, had probation transferred to community corrections because of violations.
•Thomas Allan Lansford, three counts of possession of marijuana, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve six months in jail.
•Jack Clifford Lovell Jr., on probation because of an assault of an officer and resisting arrest, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve balance of sentence.
•Larry G. Neal, probation revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.
•Michelle Lee Owens, on probation because of aggravated burglary, felony evading arrest, driving under the influence, theft and reckless endangerment, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for hearing.
•Joseph Randall Rolen, theft of more than $10,000, theft of more than $1,000 and two counts of theft of less than $500, had probation revoked because of violations and was ordered to serve balance of sentence.
•Frank J. Simo, two counts of theft of services and five counts of worthless checks, had probation revoked because of violations and had probation extended 11 months and 29 days.
•Mark Winton, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Winton; bond set at $2,000 and revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.
•Tonya Sue Sparks, Randal Boston appointed to represent Sparks; bond reduced to $5,000 and continued to Jan. 25.
•Amanda L. Brown, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.
•Johnny Dale Dishman, revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.
•Micah Shae Krank, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Krank; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.
•Jay Travis Lyles, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Lyles; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.
•Michael Allen Bible, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Bible; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.
•Robert Anthony Cressel, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Kressel; revocation hearing continued to Jan. 25.