Probation failures have resulted in a heavy sentence for a young Kingman man who blew his chance to avoid prison for molesting his five and eight-year-old nephews. Joseph Fellows was placed on probation and served a year in jail after pleading guilty to reduced counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
But a history of drug abuse and mental health issues saw Fellows, 23, rack up a series of probation violations for drug use and failures to comply with other court orders. Judge Billy Sipe said Fellows left him no choice but to unravel the plea deal and sentence him as if he were convicted of the more serious offenses in his original case.
Judge Sipe imposed a 20 year prison sentence for Fellows.