JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Eric: I had a bench trail. I was arrested on 1-5-1988
and spent 9 months in Cook County Jail in the
drug unit. I only had a public defender
representing me. (no help) I was charged with
Attempt Murder and Criminal Sexual Assault. I
confessed to something I really did't do
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Eric: I was issued an arrest warrant. The first time
they came by, I did not answer the door. The
second time they came I tried to jump out the
second floor window. But of course they had the
apartment surrounded. I had no choice but to
myself up to the detectives.
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Eric: Going to court is on of the most stressful and
depressing feelings a person can encounter. I
think I went to court at least 6 times. Each
I had no help from my public defender. My family
always came to support me. I hate the court
system. I'm free.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Eric: I was charged with Attempt Murder and Criminal
Sexual Assault And convicted on both charges.