Repeat offender Humes sentenced on drug charges
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:00 AM
A Madison man who was found guilty of drug charges was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, mostly for his criminal history.
A jury convicted Edward Humes Jr., 51, last month for possession of cocaine, a Class D felony, possession of a synthetic drug and resisting law enforcement.
Humes requested he have a significant portion of his sentence be put on probation because he wanted to move on with his life and be closer to and more involved with his family. Humes testified he has been addicted to cocaine for 10 to 15 years. He said he always ran with the same group of people, which only contributed to his drug problem.
"To be honest with you, I'm thinking about moving," Humes said during the hearing.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote focused on Humes' criminal history during the hearing. Humes had 13 prior convictions and hadn't spent more than three years in jail. He had tried probation, home detention, jail, therapy and rehabilitation, all of which he failed, Mote said.
"He's just there time and time again, going through the motions, telling people what they want to hear, getting out and doing it again," he said. Mote requested Humes be sentenced to the maximum sentence, which would have been 13 years.
"We have all failed Mr. Humes. There is nothing more to be done here," Mote said. "He is in need of services that only can be offered at a correctional facility."
Humes' family testified that they felt he was ready to move on and get away from drugs. Stephen Beardsley, Humes' attorney, admitted his client had a criminal record that was "saturated with alcohol and drugs." But Beardsley felt Humes had enough family support and a desire to get clean that he could beat his addiction.
Judge Alison Frazier said Humes' criminal history showed a "pattern of behavior that hasn't seemed to change," before sentencing him to three years for the cocaine charge and seven years for being a habitual substance offender. Humes was also sentenced to one year for the resisting law enforcement and possession of a synthetic drug charges. Those sentences will run concurrent to his 10-year sentence.