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Interview with Craig

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Craig: I was booked into jail and put into the "padded" room because I was suicidal. I spent a total of 4 days in the padded cell. On the 2nd day I saw the jail psychologist. On the 4th day I was taken before the judge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Craig: I was arrested because I was suicidal and bought a gun to kill myself. I wrote a suicidal note and gave it to my parents. They then called the police and I locked myself in my bedroom with the gun in my hand. The cops came and slowly talked me out of suicide. The standoff last about 1 hour. I finally gave up my gun and then cops took me to the hospital because I had cut my finger. I was then arrested at the hospital and taken the the jail.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Craig: I was very confused as to what was happening in court. I didn't really understand why I was being held. When the judge called my name, I stood up and approached the bench. My parents came and stood beside me. I remember my parents telling the judge that they wanted me to get some "mental" help and to see a psychologist and get on some medicine. Then judge sentenced me to 90 days and I was taken to the back room and put in a holding cell.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Craig: Original charge was domestic violence and I was convicted of that.

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