Pittman wants shock probation


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Justin Jones

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - On Friday, Circuit Judge Dennis Foust delayed a shock probation motion in the Tiffany Pittman case.

Foust said he wanted Pittman, 20, to be in court for the proceeding. She is currently incarcerated at a women's correctional facility in PeWee Valley, Kentucky.

In December, a jury found Pittman guilty of manslaughter, wanton endangerment, and DUI. Jimmy Harper, 46, was on his way to work when he was killed in an August 2011 crash. For her role in his death, Pittman received a 15 year sentence. Now, she is asking for an early release.

Harper's family, including son, Tevan said they were frustrated by the motion.

"I'm ready to move on, move on with my life," he said.

In a letter to the judge, Pittman said she too was ready to move on. She calls Harper's death a 'senseless tragedy' and said she had dedicated herself to her sobriety and God and living a good life for Jimmy Harper.

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship prosecuted the case and says she does not deserve shock probation:

"I'm glad she's remorseful but she still needs to face the full consequences of her act."

Pittman will be in court July 19. She is pregnant with her second child and due in August. According to court documents, Pittman became pregnant when the judge was allowing her to leave the Marshall County Jail to receive counseling, but she was also visiting her boyfriend.

Judge Foust is holding her in contempt of court and that, along with this motion for shock probation, will be discussed in July.

If shock probation is not granted, Tiffany Pittman will remain incarcerated. She is eligible for parole next year.

Jamie Jamison, Pittman's lawyer during the trial, says if anyone deserves shock probation it would be her.