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Durham Man in Prison After Violating Probation

Posted April 21, 2008 4:40 p.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2008 6:55 p.m. EDT

— A man who was free on bond despite numerous arrests while on probation is in prison following a WRAL News report.

Michael Anthony Hudson, 21, was arrested last week for violating his probation from a 2005 drug conviction, Durham County Assistant District Attorney Mitch Garrell said.

Hudson, who was put on probation for a drug conviction in 2005, had been arrested at least nine times and was wanted in connection with a November shooting. Each time, he was allowed out on bond while awaiting trial.

He is now serving a 5- to 6-month prison sentence on that drug conviction.

Garrell has said he cannot elaborate about his reasons for initially allowing bond in those arrests but did say Hudson was involved in a murder case and that prosecuting the murder suspect was his first priority.

The arrest comes as Durham and Wake counties' probation offices have come under scrutiny following the deaths of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Marie Carson.

Both suspects in Carson's shooting death were on probation at the time and had been overlooked by the probation system.

Internal investigations into their cases prompted state officials to conduct a review of both probation offices.