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A judge offers a Troy woman treatment or prison. She picks prison.

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
By: Nancy Bowman - Contributing Writer

TROY — A Troy woman sentenced last week to community control for stealing medications from a dying relative had the probation revoked and was sent to prison Tuesday after she refused to participate in the MonDay treatment program.

Melissa Clark, 53, told Miami County Judge Jeannine Pratt she didn’t think she would benefit from the inpatient treatment program in Montgomery County, and didn’t want to take a space needed by someone else.

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Pratt talked with Clark in Common Pleas Court about two letters Clark sent during the past week regarding the order to participate in the program as part of a five-year community control sentence.

“The court wanted to help you,” the judge said before ordering Clark to serve six months in the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

“I just want to get this over with so I can get on with my life,” Clark said. She said she saw MonDay as a program for someone addicted to drugs such as heroin, adding, “I don’t think it is right for me.”

Clark was charged with the Nov. 11 possession of three stolen medications, including morphine pills. She was on probation at the time of the offense after pleading to another charge involving theft of liquid morphine from the same relative in June 2017, according to court documents. Police reports said Clark initially blamed hospice workers for the missing medication.

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“I don’t think you appreciate the fact you have a problem with drugs,” Pratt said Feb. 21.

“She is going to do whatever is necessary to get her fix,” Paul Watkins, assistant county prosecutor, said Feb. 21. “If she is going to steal from her mother in law in hospice care … She is a threat to the community.” Watkins declined further comment at Tuesday’s hearing.