Steamboat man re-sentenced after violating probation stemming from heroin distribution case |

Steamboat man re-sentenced after violating probation stemming from heroin distribution case

Elijah Joseph Persons

— A 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man involved with selling heroin has been sentenced to four years at a community corrections facility because he violated probation.

Judge Shelley Hill re-sentenced Elijah Persons during a hearing Friday.

Persons originally was sentenced in August to 90 days in Routt County Jail and seven years of probation after pleading guilty to attempting to distribute heroin, a Class 4 felony. His brother and co-defendant, Jordan Persons, now 20, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin, a Class 3 felony, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to eight years in the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig and then a year in jail.

The charges against the brothers were the result of a series of controlled drug buys by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

According to a report from the Routt County Probation Office, Elijah Persons violated numerous conditions of his probation. He failed to report a new address, missed four probation appointments and failed to appear for drug testing seven times. Judge Hill seemed most concerned that Persons did not enroll for drug treatment.

"I had a lot of hope that you would succeed in probation," Hill said.

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Hill said Persons needed more structure because he did not have a committed approach to what needed to happen.

"You were late today, and I don't think you take it seriously, Mr. Persons," Hill said.

Persons has been working as a cook at a Steamboat restaurant. Before being sentenced, Persons told Hill he has been staying clean of drugs and has been keeping away from the party scene.

As soon as a bed becomes available, Persons will be going to Intervention Community Corrections Services in Lakewood. It is similar to the CAPS program in Craig in that it is an alternative to incarceration.

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