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5 of 7 burglars diverted from jail to drug treatment

One trial and one sentencing hearing remain from a September 2009 residential burglary that involved seven people and the theft of more than $110,000 in cash and coins from a Sequim home.

Four of the seven suspects have entered substance abuse treatment through the state's drug offender sentencing alternative.

The fifth, 19-year-old Jesse Michael Troit, of Bremerton, had his trial delayed while he undergoes long-term substance abuse treatment in Kitsap County.

He faces one count each of residential burglary and first-degree attempted theft when his trial begins May 3.



One imprisoned

Brian Lee Constant, 23, of Sequim, one of two not to enter treatment, was sentenced Oct. 29 on one count of first-degree malicious mischief (physical damage in excess of $5,000).

He will serve six months in jail with 30 days converted to 240 hours community service and pay $1,150 in fines and court costs with restitution to be determined.

The other, 22-year-old Malinda M. Thurman, of Sequim, was arrested and cited for criminal trespass on Sept. 4 but never formally charged in that case.

She was charged Sept. 8 in a case unrelated to the burglary with assault, possession of stolen property and numerous drug-related counts.



Drug treatment

Of the remaining four, 19-year-old Ciara Jo Neil, of Bremerton, will be sentenced Feb. 17, and three already have been sentenced.

Neil pleaded guilty to two counts of residential burglary and one count each

of first-degree theft and first-degree

attempted theft.

According to the prosecutor's plea bargain, Neil will undergo residential drug evaluation and treatment if she qualifies.

She also will serve 14 months in prison with credit for time served plus payment of fines, court costs, attorney fees and restitution.

Thomas Henry Ellison, 22, of Sequim, was sentenced Jan. 14 on counts of conspiracy to commit residential burglary and possession with intent to manufacture and deliver a controlled substance.



Heavy fines

As part of the sentencing alternative, Ellison will undergo treatment and serve 20 months in prison, 14 months probation and pay $1,905 in fines and courts costs.

Jeremiah Jackson, 24, of Sequim, was sentenced Feb. 3 on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of residential burglary.

He will undergo treatment, pay $2,150 in fines and court costs plus restitution to be determined and serve 24 months probation.

Karyn Nicole Prouty, 20, of Sequim, was sentenced Dec. 3 on charges of residential burglary, first-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance.

She will complete 90-180 days of inpatient substance abuse treatment, be on two years' probation and pay $800 in fines and court costs plus restitution.



15-year-old program

The 1995 drug offender sentencing alternative program gives shorter prison sentences to qualified offenders in exchange for entering substance abuse treatment, either in prison or in a residential treatment center.

If an offender does not complete drug treatment or otherwise violates the terms of release, he or she is returned to prison to serve the remainder of the sentence.

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