An ex-convict from Summit County who violated his probation after being granted early release from prison two years ago is headed to jail after violating his probation by leading Streetsboro police on a high-speed motorcycle chase late last summer.
He almost was able to fulfill his goal of going back to a state prison -- just not to help convicts reform their lives, as he desired.
"I did want to get back into prison," David E. Feathers told Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on Monday during his sentencing hearing.
"Well, you're doing a good job of it," she told the 57-year-old Hudson man.
Saying there was "no way" he could justify his actions, Feathers was taken into custody by sheriff's deputies and taken to the Portage County jail to begin serving up to six months behind bars after admitting to violating his probation in a 2005 burglary case, and also pleading guilty in February to failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
Pittman granted Feathers work release privileges while behind bars, and extended his probation by four years. She also ordered him to have a mental health evaluation, complete the Repeat Offender Cognitive Intervention Program and fined him $500 plus $222 in court costs. Finally, Pittman suspended Feathers' driver's license for 20 years.
Assistant Portage County Prosecutor Eric Finnegan had asked the judge to give Feathers more prison time, both on the probation violation and for the new charge. Feathers served more than nine years of a 15-year prison sentence before Pittman granted him judicial release in February 2015, and placed him on five years probation.
Defense attorney George Keith told Pittman there is "no question (Feathers) has an extensive criminal record," which he said was born out of a chaotic home life.
Feathers "was raised in chaos" and "raised with a gene so toxic to alcohol" that one drink on Aug. 19 was all it took for him to lead Streetsboro police on a motorcycle chase on S.R. 14 that ended in a crash, Keith said. Both Feathers and a woman riding with him were injured, police and prosecutors said.
While in prison, Feathers took part in Reformers Anonymous and was "leading a law-abiding and productive life" until August, Keith said. Because he was on probation, he could not go back to the prison to continue working with the group and that also disrupted his rehabilitation, his attorney said.
If he violates any of the terms of his probation, Pittman said she would send Feathers back to prison for the remaining six years of his prison sentence plus another three years consecutive to that on the newest felony conviction.
"I lost my way," Feathers told the judge. "I would like to have an opportunity to prove I can be a productive member of society."