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OROVILLE, Calif. - Two honorably discharged U.S. Army Veterans who have struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and alcohol abuse get a second chance, after graduating from the Butte County Superior Court Veterans Treatment Court.
Brian Dudley was facing a possible prison sentence for felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon and misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence when he was accepted into the Treatment Court in October of 2018. Richard Hubbell was facing a possible prison sentence for felony Driving Under the Influence. He was accepted to the Treatment Court in August of 2019.
The program involves anger management classes and intensive PTSD treatment with the Department of Veteran's Affairs, while closely supervised by the Butte County Probation Department. The Court Treatment Team says the men gained the skills needed to address their PTSD, and successfully graduating means they are eligible to have their cases dismissed.
Their graduation marks the 16th successful completion of the Veterans Treatment Court in Butte County Superior Court.
The Treatment Court Team consists of Judge Stephen E. Benson, U.S. Army, 2nd Armor Division, Deputy Probation Officer Cody Fowler, U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist Nicki Balboa, Leonard Goldkind, of the Butte County District Attorney's Office, and Desiree Vance, of the Butte County Public Defenders' Consortium.
The Butte County Court Veterans Treatment Court meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in Department 3 of the Butte County Superior Court in Oroville.