A Logansport man will be returning to prison because he refused to clean.

Thirty-five-year-old Jason E. Elliott of Logansport was sentenced Thursday to 471 days in the Indiana Department of Correction, a sentence he had been scheduled to carry out in the Cass/Pulaski work release program.

Elliott, who had accepted a plea deal in February 2008 for a 2006 house burglary, spent about 20 months in prison before moving to work release in October.

He was in court Thursday, though, to face charges that he had violated the terms of work release.

Officials at the center said the final straw came in July when Elliott was accused of committing or inciting others to commit a disruptive act. He reportedly refused to clean the men’s dorm after being told to do so.

During Thursday’s hearing, Elliott admitted the violation, and Dave Wegner, director for Cass/Pulaski Community Corrections, said Elliott had finally used up all of his chances.

Court records showed he had five prior administrative violations for various issues that included lying about financial aid he received from Ivy Tech. He had received $3,596.05 in financial aid from the college that he didn’t report, and at the time, he owed the work release center more than $2,000.

Officials claim he also lied about where he was going when he used passes to get out of the center and even threatened violence against a fellow inmate.

Deputy prosecutor James Ackerman said during the hearing that Wegner had been more than generous.

“This was his sixth chance,” Ackerman said.

Defense attorney Courtney Justice asked that his client be allowed to serve the remainder of his work release sentence on in-home detention since Elliott had a job that was being held for him.

The state, however, recommended that Elliott serve the remainder of the sentence in prison.

“I don’t know what else to do with him,” Ackerman said.

Circuit Court Judge Leo Burns agreed.

“Granting your request would be rewarding bad behavior,” he told Elliott.

Burns added Elliott had previously sought a modification of sentencing, but it was denied because plea agreements couldn’t be modified. He noted that allowing Elliott to finish the work release sentence on in-home detention would also be considered a modification of the sentence.

• Lindsey Ziliak is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or lindsey.ziliak@pharostribune.com.


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