JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Jonathan: I was on probation in Plymouth County, as well as
Norfolk County. My Norfolk charge was assault and
battery on a police officer. So I was serving a
one year probation out of Norfolk, with a one year
suspended sentence. So I came from Plymouth jail
to Quincy court, and wasn't notified that I had
court until 11:30 the night before. Mike: I was being held on bail in Cambridge jail, when I bailed out I did so
to open charges out of Quincy and Braintree, so I went to Norfolk
Pre Sentencing Block (I think it was 1A) and was there until I took a
plea in Quincy court, I think 60 days later.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Jonathan: I was going to the Office of Community Corrections
in Plymouth, and I was given a breathalyzer. I
blew a .008, and they tested me again 15 minutes
later, and I blew a .000. I left for the day, when
I went in the following morning to do a urine
test, due to my color coming up, Plymouth police
arrested me. Citing failure to obstain due to the
previous days .008. This violated me in both
Norfolk and Plymouth. Mike: I was arrested in Cambridge at the Marriot Hotel where I had been
staying in a sweet under another name with re-encoded credit
cards. The police were called to the hotel after a card didn't charge
appropriately and discovered numerous IDs and forging equipment,
credit card encoder, several printers. This was new years eve, and
as explained earlier I was held in Cambridge, I had similar charges
open in Quincy and Braintree, identity theft, forged Drivers Licenses
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Jonathan: I was in Quincy District Court. I was transported
there from Plymouth County Correctional Facility.
Quincy court's holding cells are jam packed,
probably 20+ in a cell that should fit 5 or 6.
It's a mob scene, lawyers coming down to talk to
their clients through the bars, so everyone hears
and it's difficult to concentrate on life altering
decisions that will be made.
I remember there were 3 young men in the cell that
represented 2 separate rivaling gangs. One of them
was accusing the other 2 of going on his turf and
shooting at him. It threatened to get ugly, but
didn't lead to a physical altercation.
Eventually the officer guarding the cells called
my name and lead me up backstairs, cuffed me, and
I entered the courtroom. Mike: Court was long and arduous, and I was given another high bail,
eventually I came to a plea agreement after several court dates. The
jail transports you to court, you wait in a cell most of the day with
ankle cuffs on and eventually go before the judge. If your lucky you
are there long enough for lunch, as court lunch is very much a treat
after jail food.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Jonathan: Assault and Battery on a Police officer. I was
convicted of that charge. Mike: Charges were Identity theft, false Drivers Licenses, forged
prescriptions, receiving stollen goods, I believe I was convicted of all
of the above.