Latham hesitated to minimize the importance of Walters’ previous criminal history. However, he said he noticed a pattern that fit Walters’ earlier statements.
“As I read these charges, as I read the pre-sentencing investigation report, you fell in with the wrong people,” Latham said.
Latham told the defendant he would “go against the system” and suspend the five-year prison sentence, as well as any required fine. He added that he understands there is a chance that Walters may be back in court on the parole violation, but said that is not a guarantee.
“I’m OK with that, because I’m going to give you a chance to make something good,” Latham said. He also ordered that the suspended sentence run concurrently with any possible time imposed for the parole violation.
Walters must pay $1,270 in restitution to Miller Ridge Apartments. Myers said she has not received a response from Wal-Mart concerning restitution. He also is ordered to follow through on his mental health visits, obtain some form of employment and seek help on getting his Social Security Disability.
An additional charge of second-degree theft was dismissed.