Austin Wright sent to new facility


Published: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 11:35 p.m.

A man who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for striking and killing a police lieutenant while driving drunk last year has been transferred to the facility where he will most likely serve his entire sentence.

Austin Wright, 22, was sentenced Dec. 12 to 10 years for a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a law enforcement officer. Wright pleaded guilty to the charge of killing Lt. Corey Dahlem while driving drunk in the early morning hours of April 3.

After spending a couple weeks at a reception center after his sentencing hearing, Wright was transferred to Walton Correctional Institution in the Panhandle on Jan. 7, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff said.

Walton Correctional Institution is a medium security facility in DeFuniak Springs and offers vocational programs including building construction, which Wright studied in college.

Wright's attorney, Larry Turner, said Wright has been assigned to assist at the school at Walton, helping other inmates get their GEDs. Turner said Wright is enjoying teaching the other inamtes, but that Wright's family is unhappy he was assigned to a facility that is about an eight-hour drive from their home in Naples.

Tampering thieves: Be on the lookout for the vending machine thieves. Ocala officers say a man and woman may be behind a series of break-ins of coin-operated machines in the area and could be headed to other towns. The two were seen earlier this month tampering with soda machines at a Marion County business.

Warrants are pending against Susan Snow, 29, and Joseph Keese, 39, the Ocala Police Department reported.

The couple may be using a green 2002 Toyota with the Florida license plate F013KU.

Lawyers honored: Two area attorneys will be recognized for their pro bono work at an upcoming ceremony at the Florida Supreme Court.

Robert Eugene Fridley and Theodore Mark Burt have been named the recipients of The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, which recognizes service in each of the state's 20 judicial circuits.

Fridley, who was honored in the Third Judicial Circuit that includes Lake City, accepts cases from Three Rivers Legal Services and donates pro bono hours to domestic violence and guardian advocacy cases, according to The Florida Bar. Burt was named for his work in the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which covers Alachua and Gilchrist counties. He has a private practice in Trenton and has represented clients through Three Rivers Legal Services' Volunteer Attorney Program.

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