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City councilman charged with probation violation
Houston County Courier - December 2008
By Daphne Hereford
Crockett Precinct 2 Councilman Darius Kitchen, 36, was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 9 and charged with a motion to revoke his community supervision.
The charges stemmed from his Oct. 12, 2007 arrest and Feb. 28 guilty plea for driving while intoxicated.
According to the Community Supervision Violation report, Kitchen failed to pay the Houston County Community Supervision Officer $45 for the month of November; is a total of $38 in arrears for the month of November for repayment of court costs totaling $238 and a fine of $750; is $5 in arrears for the November installment for the $50 due to Houston County Crime Stoppers; failed to complete the driving while intoxicated offenders program within 180 days of sentencing; failed to only operate a vehicle equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock system during the specified time period and failed to attend 60 hours of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or Stepping Stones within six months, a total of 14 meetings in arrears.
In a Thursday, Dec. 11 interview with Daphne Session who was appointed special prosecutor in the case, she said Kitchen appeared before Houston County Court at Law Judge Sarah Clark on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and his probation was modified to include that he would serve the 30 day jail sentence ordered in February day for day beginning Tuesday, Dec. 9 and continuing through Jan. 8.
In a March interview with Houston County Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar she said Kitchen was sentenced in February to serve 30 days in jail but would not have to start serving his jail time until the beginning of the second year of his probation. Ms. Kaspar also said Kitchen was required to attend 60 hours of Alcoholics Anonymous or Stepping Stones within a six month period, attend the DWI repeat offenders course, and perform 60 hours of community service as part of his February sentence.
Ms. Session also said results of the Wednesday, Dec. 10 court appearance extended the time Kitchen would be required to use the interlock device to May 2009.
Ms. Session said that he had attended 45.5 hours of Alcoholics Anonymous, just not the 60 hours required within the six-month time frame.
Regarding the Driving While Intoxicated class, Ms. Session said only one class was offered each year in Houston County and that the class had already begun when Kitchen was sentenced in February and he would attend the next class beginning Jan. 12, 2009.
According to city records, Kitchen was re-elected in May 2007 to the Precinct 2 council position he currently holds. He also served on Council 2001-2003.