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Interview with Grant, Will, Deshawn and Wes

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Grant: I went to court over a dozen times over a 2 yr process although never having been on probation I was sentenced to 2 1/2 years with a year to serve at 40 years old for all total 17 10.00 bags of heroin
Will: It was long winded for me due to a court mistake. I was lucky that my cooperation during the time was taken into account with the Judge.
Deshawn: Well the pre-sentencing process from court they bring you in through the rear of the jail in a patty wagon, a bounch of us locked together in a chain link procedure. From there you go in the tank and wait until they call your name and they check if you have any(keep away) that's when you have problems with someone and you can't be in the same unit as that person then they put you in a unit.
Wes: Back to back court dates then back to jail to serve your sentence.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Grant: No they came w/o a warrant, using my co defendant to knock on the door, i refused to open it they came baqck 20 minutes later with the warrent
Will: I was arrested on a warrant when my car was stopped for speeding and my warrant came up. The officer was very cooperative since I did not at all know about the warrant
Deshawn: I had a warrant for my arrest so they staked out my house and when I came outside they raided me in front of my house. They had a body warrant so they went through my room looking for guns and drugs. They didn't find anything but they still took me in.
Wes: no a call was placed and i was arrested.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Grant: Very one sided no there take was that I was a black man in a predominately white community using and selling heroin like I start the south boston heroin epedemic which is still on going regard to the addiction humanity side ...
Will: The court experience itself was very quick and brief for me. It went by way to fast for me to remember any details
Deshawn: It was a huge court room and they held us downstairs when it was my turn to see the judge they would transport you upstairs and they would put you behind a glass wall and you would stand next to a microphone and answer the judges questions when he would ask you them.
Wes: it was nerve wrecking to have your freedom in the hands of a complete stranger.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Grant: dist class a 3 counts w/i a school zone, eventually school zone was dropped so I was convicted of 3 count of poss class with intent to distribute
Will: The original charge was failure to appear for a civil case that I thought was dismissed
Deshawn: Distribution of class A substance with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the drug law, possession of clas A substance within 1000 feet of a school zone,
Wes: Distribution of a class b substance

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