Judge modifies inmate’s sentence

Joshua Priest

HANCOCK COUNTY — An inmate who was given a six-year term for a Level 4 felony a year ago had his sentence modified considerably in Hancock County Circuit Court late last week.

Joshua Adam Lewis Priest, 34, Greenfield, accepted a plea agreement in August 2020 for a Level 4 felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. He will, however, be released from prison Oct. 12 after the successful completion of a substance abuse treatment program.

Judge Scott Sirk had originally given Priest a six-year term with 343 days of credit but agreed to the modification during a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 9. Priest was given credit for 744 days served with 1,153 days suspended in the modification. The original plea also included a Level 6 felony intimidation charge with a two-year sentence that was running at the same time.

The court was on record in August 2020 as saying it would consider a modification of Priest’s original sentence if he put in rehabilitative work. Priest has been ordered to comply with all terms and conditions in his new deal, including formal probation.