Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 25, 2012

Probation for Centerville man already on probation

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — A Centerville man on probation for a criminal offense adjudicated in 2011 was again sentenced to probation June 15 in the Appanoose County Courthouse.

Zachary James Elarton, 19, after entering a plea agreement to the reduced charge of assault, a simple misdemeanor, was sentenced by Judge Kirk A. Daily on Sept. 30, 2011 to a fine, two years probation to the court and 30 days in jail, all suspended. Elarton originally was charged with domestic abuse assault cause bodily injury, mental illness, a serious misdemeanor with an offense date of Feb. 7, 2011.

On two years probation for the case from 2011, Elarton entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to the reduced charge of unlawful possession of prescription drug, a serious misdemeanor, and on June 15, 2012 Judge Daily sentenced him to a fine, two years low risk probation, 365 days in jail, all suspended and credit for any time served. Elarton originally was charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a class D felony with an offense date of Sept. 13, 2011.

He owes the county $838 for these cases.

Elarton's legal issues are not over.

On May 7 the Centerville Police Department filed criminal complaints alleging Elarton delivered marijuana three separate times to an informant working with law enforcement at a house on Highway J46 in Appanoose County. During two of the transactions a police officer working undercover was present.

Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott on June 8 filed trial information officially charging Elarton with three counts of manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, more than 50 kilograms, class D felonies, for offenses on Aug. 3, 2011, Aug. 8, 2011 and Sept. 6, 2011 in Appanoose County.

Elarton is scheduled to be arranged in the Appanoose County Courthouse on the charges July 6.

Elarton is free after posting a $5,000 bond.