According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher on October 16, 2012, in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas, James C. Wright, 33, Kalamazoo, Michigan, was found guilty of Nonsupport of Dependents after a one day jury trial. Thatcher said after approximately fifteen minutes of deliberation, the jury found Wright guilty of failure to provide adequate support for his twin children, whom he was legally obligated to support, from June 1, 2009, until June 1, 2011. Knox County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer Springer tried the case. Judge Otho Eyster will sentence Wright on November 2, 2012.
The evidence at trial included testimony from the twins’ mother. According to Thatcher, the mother testified that Wright did not support the children in any manner during the time period described. Stacie White, Knox County Child Support Enforcement Agency Case Manager also testified as to the history of lack of child support payments, as well as the Agency’s numerous attempts to contact Wright. Mrs. White testified that Wright owes over $19,000 in child support.
Nonsupport of Dependents is a Felony of the fifth degree.
Stacie White, Knox County Child Support Enforcement Agency Case Manager, investigated the case.