Salina, KS - Ivory Francois Jr., 35, was strip searched last May when reporting for weekend jail time as part his probation for not paying child support. During that search, correctional officers found a lip balm container in his rectum that was full of… lip balm.
Why would someone smuggle lip balm into jail? Francois maintained at sentencing that it was simply because he had chapped lips.
Charles Ault-Duell, an assistant county attorney, countered that, in a jail, a small plastic tube can be adapted to many uses, such as holding drugs or being broken and sharpened into a weapon – but even the prosecution acknowledged that Francois had asked earlier about bringing lip balm into the jail. At that time, he was reportedly warned by jail security officers that he could not bring it in.
Francois had been found guilty of trafficking contraband into a correctional facility in a bench trial in December. His sentencing was not a small matter. Because Francois has had multiple convictions for domestic battery, battery and nonsupport of children, state sentencing guidelines dictated a sentence of three years and seven months in prison.
“It just makes no sense to go to prison [for years] because your lips are chapped,” Judge Jerome Hellmer said to Francois.
Francois said he wasn’t thinking and didn’t realize the seriousness of the offense. ”It was a senseless act,” Francois said.
“Some would say that’s what the pattern of your life is like – senseless acts,” Judge Hellmer responded.
Judge Hellmer comment was likely partially motivated by the fact that Francois’ original conviction was for owing more than $122,000 in child support for seven of his eight children of five mothers in Kansas, Massachusetts and Kentucky.
Francois’ attorney Richard Blackwell argued for leniency.
“The damage to society just doesn’t justify taxpayers paying for Mr. Francois’ [additional] incarceration for an act that is dumb or silly or however you want to put it,” Blackwell said.
Prosecutor Ault-Duell argued for the full three-year-and-seven-month sentence, saying it was “time to make him take responsibility for his actions, his choices.”
Judge Hellmer ruled on the side of the defense. In the end, Francois was sentenced to two years of probation and a total of 108 days in jail on the current charge and the felony nonsupport of a child charge for which he was already on probation.
I read that this guy doesn’t like the jail issued loofah sponges, either. Oh crap!Tags: child support, Ivory Francois, Kansas, lip balm, rectum, smuggling