In a unique move Tuesday afternoon, Eighth Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt gave Troy Michael Ivory a choice of sentences. Ivory chose, what for him, may be the toughest to endure but will have the more profitable result in the end.
Judge Northcutt presented Ivory, who was found guilty of failure to register as a sex offender, the choice of 1) a five year sentence probated to two years and the felony conviction remains on his record, or 2) keep the felony conviction off his record with five years probation. However if he fails the five year probation, he will be sentenced from two to 10 years in prison.
In presenting Ivory with the option, the judge stated that Ivory thinks the legal system is picking on him. However, the need to comply with the rules of the system was stressed by the judge. Ivory was told that “…alcohol and weed weekly…” will break his probation and the judge has doubts that he will be able to comply for any length of time.
Ivory pled guilty to indecency with a child in 1998 and was sentenced to five years deferred and a lifetime of annual registration as a sex offender. He failed to register in October, 2014.
After consulting with his attorney, Martin Braddy, who had been the District Attorney that first prosecuted Ivory, he accepted the second option—keep the felony off his record with a five year probated sentence that should he fail will result in two to 10 years in prison.