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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Judge Cline Sentences William Tolbert to the Indiana Department of Corrections

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

LAWRENCE COUNTY - JULY 18, 2022 - Lawrence Superior Court II Judge Robert Cline sentenced William Dominic Tolbert to 1280 days in the Indiana Department of Correction after he was terminated from the Lawrence Superior Court II Problem Solving Drug Court.

Lawrence County Superior Court II Judge Bob Cline

Tolbert entered into the problem-solving court October 5, 2021 after he pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, and admitted to violating his probation in an earlier case in which he had pled guilty to aiding, inducing, or causing burglary. However, after multiple failures to follow the program rules and expectations of the drug court program, including picking up new criminal charges, the problem-solving drug court team determined Tolbert could not complete the program, and he was terminated from participation.

“It is our goal with the problem-

solving drug court to work to rehabilitate offenders rather than incarcerate,” said Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Weddle. “Drug- and alcohol-related crimes have a major impact on the court and prison systems, so if we can rehabilitate the individual it’s better for the Lawrence County community and State of Indiana, as a whole.”

“We also recognize that not all of the offenders are willing and able to take the steps necessary to complete the problem-solving drug court. It’s disappointing, but when that happens, we must take a tough stance for the safety of our community.”

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