In Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, Kyle D. Huston’s motion for judicial release was granted by Judge Rocky Coss.
Huston, 21, was sentenced to 32 months in prison last April for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.
Huston filed for a motion for judicial release in October. During Wednesday’s hearing, Coss asked Huston if there was anything he would like to say in relation to the motion.
Huston began by thanking the court for giving him the opportunity for a hearing. He then said he wanted to have the chance to show he “can be good for society.”
It was then pointed out that, in the past, Huston had never appeared for his required STAR assessment.
“It’s because of your attitude,” Coss said, “you ended up where you are.”
Coss also said that if Huston’s attitude has not changed, then judicial release would not be helpful.
“You’re going to have to be compliant,” he said.
However, with the requirement that Huston go directly from the prison into the STAR program, Coss did grant him judicial release, which will be effective Feb. 12, 2014.
Coss said if a bed is available in the STAR program prior to that date, Huston’s judicial release could begin earlier.
As a part of his judicial release, Huston will have to follow the conditions of his community control. If he violates any of those terms, Coss said, the judicial release could be ended and he would have to complete the balance of his original 32 month sentence.