Judge gives youthful drug addict another chance at rehab

Contributed File Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Raymone Aragon, revealed right here soon after remaining booked into jail in January 2021, has been supplied yet another opportunity at rehabilitation all through a modern petition to revoke his probation.

SAFFORD – A guy whose substance abuse troubles led to a flight from law enforcement in a stolen truck received one more possibility at rehabilitation following obtaining a petition to revoke his probation.  

Through the regulation and motion proceedings Tuesday, Graham County Top-quality Court Decide Pro Tem Travis W. Ragland noticed a myriad of defendants who experienced petitions to revoke their probations because of to illicit drug use.

Raymone Damien Aragon, 22, was 1 of the several on the calendar. Following going via a tough 2020 and 2021, Aragon’s docket was cleanse in 2022. Then, in March, he appeared on an additional petition to revoke his probation thanks to illicit drug use. 

In courtroom on Tuesday, Aragon confronted sentencing on his probation violation. Aragon was on probation from a March 29, 2020 incident in which he stole a truck from a locked gate at Bowman Consulting in Safford and then fled from pursuing officers and burst by a shut fatality scene in Bylas, all whilst significant on methamphetamine.

Prior to the truck theft incident, Aragon experienced been arrested on one more warrant in February 2020 after being handled at Mt. Graham Regional Clinical Heart for an obvious gunshot wound to his upper body.

Contributed Photograph/Courtesy GCSO: Raymone Damien Aragon was originally booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility in Might 2020 right after getting launched from a Scottsdale hospital following his crash all through his flight from authorities.

Aragon was positioned on probation for the March 2020 incident, but only months afterward experienced a petition to revoke his probation filed in September 2020 for failing to adhere to its stipulations and failure to comprehensive drug rehabilitation classes. A second petition to revoke was submitted on Dec. 30, 2020. 

As for the newest petition, Graham County Probation manufactured a suggestion to the courtroom for reinstatement on probation alongside with 30 days in jail.   

Prior to sentencing, Aragon tackled the court and requested to be presented a opportunity to do well in a rehabilitation application. He spoke of his yrs of drug abuse since he was hardly a teen and explained he now has the instruments to do well in getting drug-free of charge.  

“I’d like to tackle the courtroom to apologize to the local community, my P.O., and the Graham County justice system and my spouse and children for my habits and for my steps,” Aragon stated. “It may well have seem like the procedures didn’t apply to me. But that was because of my dependancy. An addiction that turned into a ailment.”

“This condition has killed me a few occasions and has ruined associations, employment, alternatives, and far more for me. I never comprehended the challenge right until I started my 12 methods.”

“I started off programming Oct. 10 the day I stepped foot out of jail and at any time since that day I’ve been at war with my habit. But figuring out now what my addiction can do I know superior than to flip again now. I know I have to have help your honor and I’m eager to far better myself mainly because jail and jail really do not aid anyone. It would make men and women even worse.”

“I’ve been an addict given that I was 13 many years old and I’ve been in treatment a few instances for 30 days. But by the time I sat down and almost got cozy with the application it was time to go away. I know almost everything seems repetitive your honor, that is my dependancy talking for by itself.”

“All in all your honor, I went down this street one day with a group of friends and I got left there with another person called dependancy and at any time because then I’ve been stuck on this highway with that person and I don’t know how to back again. I’ll endlessly be at war with my addiction, but I’m keen to method as soon as possible and far better my psychological wellness and physical health so I can be a better son, be a father, a far better brother, and a superior grandson.”(Sic) 

Decide Ragland then ordered Aragon reinstated to probation with a 23-day extension and 30 times in jail with credit rating for 22 times served. Ragland also purchased Aragon to be positioned on intensive supervised probation and comply with a GPS check as very well as productively comprehensive a rehabilitation method at the discretion of probation. 

“You are being presented this possibility,” Choose Ragland mentioned. “Opportunities and odds are not unlimited, so you need to make absolutely sure that you make the most of it and take it significantly . . . If you don’t choose it severely, then you are just heading to conclusion up correct back in here and then you are going to be on the lookout at DOC or some other consequence, so make confident you just take it very seriously – make certain you do what you need to have to do. You do not have to like it, but you do want to get it completed . . . They (probation) have religion that you can get this done. I have faith you can get it performed. Thing is, you have to have faith in by yourself and you have to set the do the job in.”(Sic)