Persistent offender's probation revoked; sentenced to over 40 years

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Elizabethton has sent a persistent parole violator to prison for more than four decades.

According to the Johnson City Press, Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp revoked the probation of Steven Todd Andes after the offender had been convicted on a string of drug charges since 2002 and was again in court after a 10th probation violation.

The Elizabethton Star reported the ruling came Thursday after Alternative Community Corrections Program caseworker Ashton Belcher stated the 41-year-old Andes was not motivated to complete probation requirements and was "extremely defiant."

Belcher said he had no indication Andes had paid any of the nearly $37,000 in court costs he owes and didn't have a fulltime job.

Department of Correction felony offender information states Andes faces 44 years of prison time.

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