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Interview with Stacy, Ron and Tom

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Stacy: I had to pick a date I was going to check myself in for second DUI and do 2 weeks.
Ron: Well, ultimately I never even got sentanced. But for the 64 days I was awaiting sentancing before the charges were dropped, the experience was a confusing one. I had a court video conference about a week in where they stated the charges against me and stated what my bail was. Then maybe a week later I had another court date where I was to plead guilty or not guilty. I plead not guilty and a trial court date was set 60 days out.
Tom: I was screened by the prison psychologist with the questions related to my mental history, my physical history, my job history, my financial history, and my criminal background history. After that I was escorted by a prison guard to the waiting room to be handcuffed and chained before I came out to the court.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Stacy: No I did not.
Ron: Yes. My mother called the police and about 10 minutes later they showed up to question what the problem was. My mother stated I was holding her against her will in the basement and I denied this claim. They stated that I was to be arrested and proceeded to pat down and cuff me.
Tom: Yes, the police came in unannounced, pulled the guns on me, didn't provide sign language interpreters to communicate with me due ot my deafness, didn't read me my Miranda's right, was cuffed, and went to Adams CO Jail in a police suv. They also refused to tell me the charges.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Stacy: I don't remember
Ron: For one, before even leaving the actual jail, all inmates get cuffed on the hands and the ankles. We rode in a bus with plastic seats to the courthouse and were led into a back entrance single file after which we went straight into a holding cell where we waited for hours until being taken in groups to another cell adjacent to the court room. Brought into the room one by one we spoke to the DA or Public Defender or some law official. We were told our options (plea bargain or plead not guilty, etc.) and led to the podium before the judge to plead guilty or not guilty. After which we were led to another group holding cell to await our return to Adams County D.F. in a van.
Tom: It was the typical court with the judge in the back of the court. The benches for the lawyers to seated on the sides. There's the two bench for a prosecutor and a defense lawyer. As well as the door on a side for the police to stand by since it's the access for the inmates to come out, or come back in. There's also the benches for the public to watch the court.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Ron: False Imprisonment and the charges ended up being dropped.
Tom: Attempted sexual assault on a minor.

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