CLINTON — A man was ordered to serve a term of incarceration after failing to comply with the terms of probation for a second time.
Scotty A. Denning, 25, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court on a probation revocation hearing. Denning stipulated the violating the terms of probation and the court found Denning violated the terms of probation.
Assistant Clinton County Attorney Ross Barlow requested the court to order Denning be sentenced to a prison. Barlow stated this was Denning's second revocation for the case, both when Denning absconded from supervised probation. Barlow added the State's primary focus was revoking Denning's deferred judgement.
Defense attorney Eric Dale said Denning was in agreement that a deferred judgement was not realistic to keep. Dale asked the court to place Denning on street probation. Dale stated Denning has the ability to work and use the time to pay fines and court costs and get substance abuse treatment.
District Court Judge John Telleen stated Denning has done "abysmally" while on probation, citing Denning being absent from custody for two significant lengths of time. He said Denning continued to use controlled substances while at the Residential Corrections Facility. Telleen said options to rehabilitate Denning short of prison have been tried and were not successful.
Telleen revoked Denning's deferred judgement and entered sentence on one count of third-degree burglary. Telleen ordered Denning to serve an indeterminate term of incarceration not to exceed five years. Telleen ordered Denning to pay a $750 fine and attorney fees not to exceed $250. Denning was given credit for time spent in the Clinton County Jail in relation to this matter.
Denning appeared in March in Clinton County District Court on a probation revocation hearing. Denning stipulated to violating the terms of probation. The court found Denning violated the terms of probation and was in contempt. The court suspended a 180-day jail sentence. Denning was ordered to enter and successfully complete the Residential Corrections Facility program in Davenport as an additional condition of probation. Denning's probation was extended for two years. The court ordered Denning to repay attorney fees not to exceed $300.