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Interview with Nathan

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Nathan: I was charged with precursors for meth manufacture of meth. I was messing around with a girl in a motel room. The cops came into the motel room. We had chemicals in the room and they arrested us both. They said they could smell it, but I think another guy that had been there had turned me in.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Nathan: No, see above.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Nathan: 2 weeks after I was arrested, they brought me in for a prelim hearing, but I waived the hearing so nothing really happened except that they reduced bond from $90,000 to $45,000 and sent me back. I stayed in Hinds County for 11 months. The way our court system works, after 270 days you have to either be indicted or released. When my 9 months was up I went back to court, and because the results weren't back from the chemical lab, they couldn't indict me yet. The judge told the prosecutor that they had to indict me within 2 months or I would be released, and so at 11 months I was released and hadn't been indicted yet.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Nathan: Original charges: manufacturing of meth and possession of meth. Convicted of: Possession of meth precursors with intent to manufacture and possession of meth.

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