Snappy dresser doesn’t impress Gary city court judge
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 March 13, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: April 15, 2013 11:28AM
GARY — Willie Watson appeared in City Court on Wednesday dressed for a night on the town, but instead spent the night in jail.
Watson, 50, sporting a bright purple tailored suit and lavender-print shoes, tested positive for marijuana.
He was one of two Gary men who failed a routine drug test and were ordered to serve jail time.
“I wasn’t expecting a drop today,” Marcus Wilson, 25, told Judge Deidre Monroe after she accepted a plea agreement.
Wilson will serve one year on probation. He was charged in December 2008 with criminal trespass, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana when he tried to sneak into an apartment building after management told him he wasn’t welcome.
Monroe asked Wilson about his employment, as she does all defendants. He said he was on disability after being shot.
He will continue to be drug tested throughout the probation period.
Watson insisted he didn’t smoke marijuana.
“It must be the people I’ve been around,” he told Monroe, who shook her head.
“Stay away from marijuana and get rid of that story,” she told him.
More than a year ago, Watson agreed to a deferred prosecution on charges of invasion of privacy and intimidation for a May 2011 charge. A woman accused him of threatening her after she obtained a protective order against Watson.
He violated the terms of the deal and charges were reinstated, Monroe explained.
Watson said he didn’t get cooperation from the mental health agency the court assigned so he obtained help on his own.
“I asked you to let me relocate,” he told the judge, who set a trial on the matter for May 17.
“Test positive again and you’ll spend a year in jail,” she told Watson.