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'Don't Come Back Here'

Judge sentences burglar to drug treatment instead of prison but warns him that he will not get a second chance

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Gibson made it clear to Austin Marrie that this was his one chance at mercy.

Marrie, 21, of Mentor, had previously pleaded to two counts of burglary in July. He admitted that he was .

Gibson sentenced Marrie to the NEOCAP Drug Treatment Center instead of prison. However, the judge made it clear that if Marrie got in trouble again and violated his community control, he would face six years in prison.

"Trust me, my friend, you won't get a second chance with me," Gibson said. "Not two. You have my solemn promise on that."

Gibson said he was giving Marrie this opportunity for three reasons. One, both of his victims asked that he receive treatment instead of prison; two, he was still young; and, three, this was his first felony conviction -- though Marrie has a lengthy juvenile record.

Gibson counted 19 times Marrie had been to Juvenile Court in a 2-year period.

Marrie made no excuses for his actions and apologized to the court, his family and victims.

"What I did was selfish, immature and wrong," Marrie said.

"It's a shame that this is what it took to wake me up," he continued. "For the past seven years, I've been a mess and the decisions I've been making haven't been working."

As part of his punishment, Gibson also ordered Marrie to repay his victims. Marrie will wait in jail until a bed at NEOCAP is available. After he completes the treatment program, he must participate in aftercare, including Alcoholics Anonymous, and maintain a full-time job.

Gibson also ordered Marrie to list his friends -- specifically the ones with which he did drugs. When Marrie did, Gibson ordered him not to contact any of them.

"When you get out of NEOCAP, you have to understand you're going to be lonely for a year, at least a year," Gibson said. "Because the people you've been hanging out with are losers. That makes you a loser. You need to break the pattern. You need to be lonely.

"You are not a throwaway product," Gibson continued. "You area redeemable person. But to be redeemed, it requires that you change your habits, change your friends and change your priorities."

When Mentor police initially , he fled from the officers -- even shedding his clothes to try to throw them off his trail.

It worked and Marrie remained on the lam for about a month before he was ultimately arrested.

Marrie was also convicted of petty theft and attempted forgery last year, according to Mentor Municipal Court records.

Been there done that September 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM
What people don't realize is that by the time he gets done with treatment he'll have spent about a year behind bars. It's not a slap on the wrists.
Anne September 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Mr. Cult of Personality makes a good point. At least for himself it sounds like it didn't work. Let's hope that NEOCAP is an effective program for most. Any of these types of programs need constant review, evaluation, and improvement. But sad to say, many taxpayers prefer not to fund this oversight. They don't see it as an investment in their community and in young peoples lives.
Cult of Personality September 18, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Been there done that is wrong.he will spent more like 7 months locked up not a year.NEOCAP is a 4-6 months program.he'll do about 50 to 60 days in jail waiting for a bed at NEOCAP.then close to six months at NEOCAP.and if you mess up after NEOCAP.they will not send you to prison.they just send you to rehab again,not NEOCAP but a another rehab place like NEOCAP.trust me the court's and the Judge's make a lot of money by sending people to theses so-called "rehab" programs.
mceg23 October 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
fuck you all!! he will make it through and succeed! you don't even know him! i do he is my cousin and i will always love him no matter how many times he screws up! show some compassion! he doesn't need all of the negative remarks from everyone because that could just push him back to where he started off in the first place. at least help me pray that he pulls through and turns his life around!! if you can't do it for him, then do it for me, a girl who just wants to see her cousin return to the way he was before he went and made the wrong choices!! please!!
Sammie October 26, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I have been to neocap and I came out a new person. Im so thankful that there is such a place. If he wants to change he will make it happen. I hope it works for him.

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