Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON — Marshall Circuit Judge Dennis Foust granted a request for shock probation for Kent Barlow on Monday.
Barlow was convicted of the assault of a female acquaintance in March.
As part of his plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to fourth degree assault with minor injuries, first degree wanton endangerment and first degree unlawful imprisonment in August.
Prior to the plea agreement, he faced charges of rape, terroristic threatening and kidnapping.
Barlow was sentenced to 10 years in prison according to his plea agreement. Without shock probation, he would have been eligible for parole within 18 months of his arrest in March, given time served.
According to Foust’s order, Barlow must report to his probation officer within 48 hours. He also must wear an ankle monitor that will report his location at all times to law enforcement with a GPS locator. The GPS locator must be worn for 12 months as part of an alternate sentence and will be maintained at Barlow’s own expense of $25 per month.
As a part of the alternate sentence, Barlow must have no contact with the victim and must receive anger management counseling. Barlow will be permitted to leave home for work and for the counseling sessions.
Further terms of the shock probation order include stipulations that Barlow must commit no further offenses, maintain a job, support dependents and family responsibilities, complete 250 hours of community service, submit to random drug screens at his own cost and report to his probation office regularly. Barlow must also pay restitution to the victim.
At the time of Barlow’s request, Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship opposed shock probation based of the violence of the crime.
Prior to his arrest, Barlow worked as principal of South Marshall Middle School.