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Home confinement revoked for Beckley drug dealer


BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) A Beckley drug dealer is back in Southern Regional Jail (SRJ) after dropping more than $6,000 in cash at a Columbus casino.

In July, Damon Harris was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for dealing Heroin that resulted in another man's death.

An emergency order was entered in October to allow Harris to serve on home confinement after his dying mother, Belinda Cox, was set on fire by her fiance, Dwayne Lane. Harris' daughter was also sick and in need of a guardian and caretaker. 

During a visit to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus where his daughter was hospitalized in April, Harris was caught on camera dropping more than $6,000 in cash at the Hollywood Casino. He also let his ankle bracelet die during the visit. 

At the time, Assistant Prosecutor Ben Hatfield said Harris was struggling to pay the $1 a day needed for his tracking bracelet. He plans to file paperwork to ask Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick to have Harris' prison sentence re-instated.

"Belinda Cox is his mother. The defendant in that case is Dwayne Lane. That's why his case was originally modified so he could be a guardian and caregiver for both his sister and his daughter."

Harris was also caught on camera purchasing alcohol at the casino, another violation of his home confinement. 

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