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Probation violation arrest leads to more charges

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A Columbus woman being sought for probation violations was apprehended Tuesday night with marijuana and a syringe, police said.

Holly J. Wooten, 20, of 165 Cambridge Square, was found outside her apartment at 11:50 p.m. after officers arrived in the 3300 block of McKinley Avenue to investigate a report of someone attempting to open car doors, police spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris said.

The caller reported having seen a suspicious person hiding behind an air conditioning unit, Harris said.

After locating and speaking to Wooten, officers ran a computer check that showed she had received two suspended one-year sentences in December from Bartholomew Superior Court 2 Judge Kitty Coriden, Harris said.

Those sentences were handed down after Wooten pleaded guilty to two separate counts of conversion, Harris said. In Indiana, criminal conversion is considered a lower form of theft that involves exerting unauthorized use or control of someone else’s property.

Authorities had been trying to find Wooten after another court order issued in June revoked her probation, court records state.

After taking the woman into custody, officers located the syringe in her book bag, as well as a bottle of liquor and a small amount of marijuana, Harris said.

Wooten was arrested on new charges of possession of a Legend drug-injection device, a Level 6 Felony, possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, and illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage, a Class C misdemeanor.

Convictions on the new charges could add between six and 30 months to Wooten’s original sentence, as well as additional fines of up to $11,500.

Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

As of Wednesday, Wooten was still being held in the county jail in lieu of a $23,500 surety or $2,350 cash bond.

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