Ashe man finds salvation, refuge from addiction in care of wife

By Jesse Campbell - [email protected]

JEFFERSON-A North Carolina circuit judge told 39-year-old Randall Hayes Tuesday that he has three women in his life.

One of those women is his wife, who is often bedridden with lengthy hospital stays because she has a respiratory illness. She requies consistent care from Hayes, as he is the primary bread winner and homemaker for the family.

The other two women in his life also take up much of his time and resources, but the reward is likely far less fulfilling.

For years, Hayes has struggled with drug addictions to alcohol and methamphetamine.

On Tuesday, Hayes was one step closer to ending both illicit relationships that the judge referred to as mistresses.

Hayes appeared in Ashe County Superior Court on probation violations. He was originally convicted of distributing meth precursors and possession of meth in September 2015.

He was originally given a suspended sentence of 36 months of probation in lieu of 19 to 32 months in prison, according to court testimony.

In May of 2016, Hayes failed to attend a court mandated treatment program and then later failed to report to his probation officer. He was also in rears in payments to the court, according to prosecutors.

To help with better cope with the burdens of life and the duties that come with being a loving husband, the judge ordered Hayes to a 90-day CRV.

Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV) centers house and provide intensive behavior modification programs for those who have committed technical violations of probation. CRV centers incarcerate violators for 90-day periods in response to violations of probation, parole or post-release supervision as provided in the Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

The CRV centers utilize dormitory style housing similar to a minimum-security prison and offer intensive programming designed to modify behavior of probation violators. Probation officers and case managers work closely with offenders as they progress through treatment and programming including cognitive behavioral therapy, substance abuse interventions, employment readiness and life skills training, according to the NCDPS.

Prior to sentencing, the judge urged Hayes to continue in the care of his wife and to break off relationships with toxic substances.

Reach Jesse Campbell at (336) 846-7164

By Jesse Campbell

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