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Interview with Tim and Sharon

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Tim: It takes about three to four months.They offerd me a deal.I didnt like the deal.So I had to sit in jail even longer.They really dont want to spend the money to take it to trial.Finally they came to me with a deal i liked.
Sharon: An investigation was opened and the police officers went to several of my family members for depositions and question asking about my recent activities. I was in the county jail for a year before actually getting sentenced. They never questioned me they did their invesigation souly on hear say from people who knew me.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Tim: yes they came by a few times to question me.
Sharon: No, I was never questioned they showed up at my house and told me my charge and took me to the jail. They have never asked me what happened. Later I found out my case was based all on hear say and accusation. They investigated for a couple weeks without me knowing before arresting me.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Tim: Waiting for your court appearance is what takes the longest.Then your in front of the judge for just a few minutes.The judge has your life in his hands and its verry scary
Sharon: Being in the court room for the first time was scary. I went to court 2 to 3 times a month and I got use to it. But I knew one day I was going to walk into that court room accepting my fate that load ahead of me on something I was wrongfully accused for.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Sharon: Grand larceny 1st degree but I was convicted of grand larceny 2nd degree.

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