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Interview with Ray, Oscar and Marshall

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Ray: I violated my probation and was served a warrant for my arrest by my probation officer. He told me that I had attempted contact of my original victim by means of a Google search. He lied to me to get me in the officer earlier by saying he had some things to take care of. Cuffed me, took me to HCC and left me to the CO's
Oscar: I was arrested, arraigned then brought to HCC for processing then was put in to a dirty dormitory that was loud and very inhumane I then got taken out by mental health staff and put into a cell, I went to my court run and got sentenced within 14 days and transferred within 16 days
Marshall: after sitting in jennings road i was shipped to lafeyette aka hartford county, i sat on the floor in a smelly bullpen with about 20 or more other guys untill night time, then moved to a single cell and slept on a cold wooden bench.. I was very thirsty there because the sink i was suppose to drink from didnt squirt water far enough and i basicly had to suck on the hole and was scared of getting sick.. after a dreadfull night i was brought back to the bullpen to wait to see the judge i then talked to my

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Ray: I was scheduled to visit my probation officer later that day but he called and asked if I could come in earlier because he had some things to take care of. I had no problem doing so, but when I arrived, he informed me of a warrant for my arrest and proceded as above.
Oscar: The police did not stop by my house for questioning they came to my house to execute a warrant for my arrest that was issued by a judge and were not very bad to me contrary to other run ins with the police in that town and I was booked in the arrest happened on the third shift
Marshall: No, i was arrested for intent to sell, intent to sell within 1500 ft of a school zone and on other charges it was different things like possession of narcotics , interfereing with whatever ( when i was smacked by a police officer and ticketed 100 $ by the same cop for riding my bicycle while talking on my cell phone )

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Ray: Because I live in Manchester, CT, I went to the Manchester court via prisoner transport, sat in a holding cell with some lively characters and after about 2 hours I finally saw the judge. Because my original case was out of Litchfield, CT, my court appearance was continued and transfered to Litchfield Superior court. The fact that I was violated on a Google search was preposterous. Everyone was confused as to what to do so they negated the defined charge and called it disobedience of probation rules.
Oscar: The court was pretty easy to deal with for the original case but I did have a warrant come up and I was convicted of forgery 1st that I did not do due to Judge Scheinblum whom is known to be eccentric and left me very concerned and prejudiced I have transcripts to prove it.
Marshall: Well i personally didnt like it i didnt have money for a lawyer and noone likes getting in trouble, i feel like although i deserved punishment the jail itself wouldnt help me in anyway .. Gangs and people that obviously didnt have the best influence for me were constantly around me. I felt the judge punished me for my crime but no one actually wanted to help me.. If one of these jobs would call me back i wouldnt have sold drugs.. But its no ones job to help me but myself and i understand that, i just wish the court would of given me something besides probation and a goodbye ticket, maybe tried to get understanding for my actions

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Ray: Violation of probation. Violation of probation
Oscar: Violation of probation, and warrants came up for forgery1st
Marshall: Intent to sell intent to sell within 1500 ft of a school zone, not counting other charges ive had. I was convicted of them

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