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Interview with Jonathan and Mike

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 etc.

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.

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