Ocean City Today

Third violation of probation hearing delayed for Denton

By Brian Gilliland | Jun 22, 2017
Jordan Denton

(June 23, 2017) For the third time since her June 2015 conviction on 22 counts of malicious destruction of property in the Town of Berlin, Jordan Denton was scheduled to appear in District Court last Friday for a violation of probation hearing, but didn’t show up.

Her lawyer, Anders Randrup, said despite several attempts to contact his client, he had not spoken with her before the hearing. Deputy State’s Attorney Paul Haskell said he’d spoken with Denton’s probation officer, Michelle Peeples, and was told she may be seeking treatment for a personal issue.

Randrup said he had no other details.

Haskell told the court he wanted it to know what he knew.

District Court Judge Gerald Purnell said the information, scant as it may have been, was sufficient to grant a delay until July 21.

According to court documents, Denton, 20, is accused of failing to pay all costs, fines and fees associated with the early 2015 spray-painting spree in Berlin, along with failure to totally abstain from drugs and alcohol and to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

Denton’s last appearance in court was in January, where it was revealed she still owed about half of her share of the restitution and was given until this month to finish paying off the debt. Denton’s share totaled about $4,400 at the time of her sentencing.

She’d also failed drug and alcohol screenings twice before, and also failed to submit to several required substance tests.

In January, she was sentenced to five days in jail.

At the last court proceeding,Judge Purnell said if he saw either Denton or her accomplice again they would serve the full 55 days remaining on their original sentences.

According to a Berlin Police Department press release following the initial incident, the investigation revealed 36 separate victims, including the town, which had one vehicle, 10 electric meters and four trashcans damaged by Denton and two accomplices.

Three buildings and 33 additional cars were spray painted during the incident that spanned a dozen streets: Ann Court, Ann Drive, Branch Street, Buttercup Court, Harrison Ave, Henry’s Mill, Littleworth Court, North Main Street, Pitts Street, Powell Circle, West Street and William Street.

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