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Interview with John and Viola

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
: none
Viola: I was called at my place of work and told i needed to meet with the police for questioning. I worked at a retirement home at the time so I dtold my boss I needed to leave and drove to my home where I was then cuffed and shackled and taken into the jail. When I got to the jail I was given an envelope a basket that contained all of the things I needed like shampoo soaps rooth brush a cup of lice shampoo (they do it to everyone)etc. I was patted down and after that I was asked to go into the bathroom strip shower wash my hair with the lice shampoo and dress in the jumpsuit I did so and was taken to my cell where I awaited bond or court. I was then taken to a room where there is a table microphone camera and t.v. for video 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.
: nothing
Viola: The police were called on me by my daughters father. He was very abusive and I allowed it for quite sometime. Well this day in particular i'd had it I worked sixteen hours the night before and was up all night with a new born doing my homework for English 101. He began calling me names and I had it. I told him to get out and he didn't like it so he slapped me. I proceeded to throw anything in my reach at him. He started choking me on the kitchen floor and I was almost out, i reached up on the counter behind me and there was a knife there which I sank about 1/16th of the way just to let him know i wasn't joking and i didn't want to die. I proceeded to walk out go to work and while working he called the police on me.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Viola: In court I was sitting in a chair in a room with about six other women. I was facing a television in which I could see and hear the judge on and there was a camera and microphone in front of me in order for the judge to see me. I remember talking to the judge about my arrest where I was and why I missed court and was let out on my own recog.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Viola: My original charges were Domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful use of a deadly weapon. The charge I ended up with was misdemeanor domestic battery.

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