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Interview with Randy

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Randy: The crime I committed was on July 4, 2012. I was not arrested until July 12, 2012. When the police arrived at my house, they questioned me and next thing I know, I am being put in handcuffs and in the back of a police car. They took me to the police station, where they filled out whatever paperwork it is they need, and took my photo along with fingerprints. From there, they transferred me to the jail until my court date.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Randy: On July 10, I received text messages from my victim asking me to explain what had happened. I replied a few times. On July 11, at about 11:00pm, police show up at my house and question me. They admitted that it was them whom I was texting, and not my victim. They police left, and on the morning of July 12, I awakened to the police knocking on my front door. I opened it, they questioned me a little more, and then arrested me.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Randy: Court was depressing. I remember sitting there, in handcuffs and shackles next to my attorney. I remember seeing my father in the seats. When the judge came out, I prepared myself for what was about to happen. When the judge finally sentenced me, I remember thinking that this is the worst time in my life. I never expected to be in this situation. When I looked back, I saw my father crying. I've never seen him cry prior to that.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Randy: Kidnapping with intent to inflict death, physical injury or a sex offense, class 2 felony. Kidnapping by knowingly restraining with intent to place the victim in apprehension of imminent physical injury, class 2 felony. Sexual abuse by intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual contact without consent, class 5 felony. Disorderly conduct with intent to disturb the peace, class 1 misdemeanor. Assault by intentionally placing victim in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury, class 2 misdemeanor. Assault by knowingly touching victim with the intent to injure, insult or provoke that person, a class 3 misdemeanor. I ended up being convicted of just the class 5 sexual abuse felony.

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