Mother With Drug History Sent To Prison For Violating Probation

By: Brittany Grove

NORWICH – A mother with drug addiction and a history of probation violations said the court “saved her life,” and she was sent to prison after being discharged from a drug treatment program.

On Nov. 22, 2013 Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr. said to 26-year-old Norwich resident, Desiree Prosser, at her sentencing for the class E felony of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, “If over that four and a half years you are on probation, you repeat the same behavior, I promise you that I will send you to prison.”

According to District Attorney Joseph A. McBride, Prosser had sent an envelope that contained a card and heroin to her boyfriend while he was incarcerated at the Chenango County Correctional Facility.

McBride also said while Prosser was conditionally released before her sentencing in 2013, she put urine up her sleeve and lied about her results.

“She made a big scene and blamed the county employees and accused them of lying about her behavior,” said McBride at Prosser's 2013 sentencing.

Prosser's public defender, John Cameron, said Prosser had tested positive for heroin, made an error in judgement and would be an “excellent candidate for drug treatment court.”

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“I am sorry. It was a mistake. There is nothing I can really say,” said Prosser.

Prosser pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months of incarceration at the county jail and five years of probation, less time spent in detention. She was also required to successfully complete drug treatment court.

More than a year later, Prosser reappeared in Chenango County Court. She had already been removed from drug treatment court for failing to comply with the conditions of treatment, but she was participating in treatment at the Elizabeth House in Troy.

According to the court, Prosser had almost successfully completed treatment at the Elizabeth House and had received excellent reports from the staff there.

A few months later, on May 4, 2015, she was arraigned for violating the terms of her probation because she did not successfully complete the Elizabeth House treatment program and was discharged from the program.

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