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July 15, 2014

Woman who fled probation on drug charges loses appeal

ANDERSON — A woman who was convicted on drug charges in Madison County in 2011 had her conviction upheld in Indiana appellate court on Tuesday.

Cynthia Marx, 40, of Muncie will continue to serve charges of forgery and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in Rockville Correctional Facility. Justices Edward Najam and Chief Justice Nancy Vaidik wrote the decision denying Marx’s automatic appeal from the charges that stem from a 2010 incident.

According to court documents, Marx pleaded guilty to the two charges while three other felonies were dropped as part of the agreement. After serving a short executed sentence, Marx was placed on probation. While on probation, she left the state without notifying authorities, then had an incident with the family she moved in with in Kentucky.

In September 2013, Marx showed up to one of the family’s functions intoxicated and later got in a physical altercation with one of the children. The friend asked Marx to leave, and Marx showed up later that night, broke into the home and attacked all of the friend’s children.

The incident racked up more charges and constituted a violation of her probation, so she was ordered to serve the rest of the sentence executed.

In her appeal, Marx argued that the trial court abused its discretion and that she had made considerable effort to stick to terms of her probation.

The justices disagreed, and noted that the simple fact she left the state was already a violation.

Marx is projected to be released from prison in May 2015.

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