Rochester man sentenced after violating work release, returning to Kosciusko County Work Release with heroin

A Rochester man was sentenced last week to more than a year of additional jail time after he bought heroin and failed to return to the Kosciusko County work release last year. 

Sheldon Albright, 28, of Rochester, was charged with failure to return to a lawful detention center and possession of a narcotic drug. Both are Level 6 felonies. As part of Albright's plea agreement, conspiracy to commit trafficking with an inmate was dismissed. 

The Kosciusko County Work Release director was notified to check Albright’s location on September 15, 2022. At the time, Albright was an inmate at the work release center. Court documents revealed that it had been reported Albright had allegedly stolen a vehicle from another work release inmate.

Albright claimed, however, that he had asked permission to use the vehicle to visit his girlfriend in South Bend during work hours. When Albright returned to the work release center documents showed he had not notified work release staff about not working that day. It was also reported that while Albright was driving to South Bend, he stopped and picked up heroin at a gas station. The drugs were brought back with him to the work release center. 

Albright was sentenced September 7 in Kosciusko Superior Court one and received one year and three months that is to be served at the Kosciusko County Jail for failure to return to lawful detention. A two-year sentence was also given for the narcotic drug possession charge. Each count is to be served consecutively, and with good behavior Abright will be able to serve the last two-years on probation.

Albright also has 186 days of jail time credit added to that sentence. 

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