Prosecutor: Irwin 'has indeed fallen mightily’

James A. “Jim” Irwin
Shawn McGrath
Staff Writer

The former director of a Marshall County charity will spend about two years with Marshall County Community Corrections after pleading guilty to a felony count of dealing a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a prostitute.
Marshall Superior Court I Judge Robert Bowen handed that sentence to James A. “Jim” Irwin, 69, on Wednesday.
The Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office charged Irwin in August with three counts of promoting prostitution, one count of attempted promoting prostitution, two counts of dealing in a controlled substance and one count of dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance.
Each of the prostitution-related charges was a Level 5 felony punishable by one to six years. The advisory sentence is three years.
Each of the drug-related charges was a Level 6 felony punishable by six months to two and a half years. The advisory sentence is one year.
On Wednesday, Irwin pleaded guilty to a single count of dealing in a controlled substance as a Level 6 felony and a misdemeanor count of patronizing a prostitute. The remaining charges were dismissed.
“The public shame and humiliation the defendant has endured should, in the interest of justice, be considered as a part of the consequences of his misdeeds,” Prosecutor Nelson Chipman said via email. “He has indeed fallen mightily. His age of 69 and a clean prior criminal history also weigh heavily in his favor.”
Irwin had been director of the charity Care and Share Ministries of Marshall County since January 2012, according to his LinkedIn page.
Read more about this in Thursday's edition of the Pilot News.