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Interview with Allyson and Eric

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Allyson: I am a recovering addict, and through my addiction I started doing crimes of different sorts. Nothing against people, I'm not a violent person. I attempted burglary with other people. I was in a state of mind where when you are on substances you start questioning your morals. I was caught trying to burglarize a place.
Eric: The pre-sentencing was long and tough. Having to make decisions and at the same time realizing that I had no control if the task were being taken care of. Also receiving and providing emotional support for my wife who was home with our two children. It was very stressful being in there.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Allyson: I was arrested in the act of burglarizing. The police didn't manhandle us. They were actually kind of respectful in that way. Most of the time, if you encounter police officers, and are respectful toward them, they will be respectful to you.
Eric: I was already on probation and my wife got into a altercation with some former friends of mine. I was already in violation for the simple fact I was drinking. My wife went to my PO the next morning and he came to my home later that day to arrest me.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Allyson: At Douglas County we had an in house court. The system works that you will get your arraignment at the Douglas County Jail itself. The judge comes into the jail into a special room assigned. You come into the room and stand before him just like you would in a regular court room. This usually happens within the next business day of being arrested.
Eric: Court was the same for me even if I am not the one who has court---nauseating. It went by faster then I expected but it went as planned for myself and my public defender. I was very nervous as well and was ready to get it all over. Everything seemed to be moving slower than usual.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Allyson: Original charge was burglary, I don't know the degree. They dropped it to attempted burglary, and I had a great lawyer who was actually a public defender. I tried to get my life together and the judge saw that. I spent 3 months in the county jail, and was then in the DRC which is like a work release. Then I got ROR'd so I could get into treatment. I completed treatment by the time I was sentenced. It is a felony still on my record but the more time that goes by the more time heals itself.
Eric: Felony assault by strangulation. Convicted of Violation of probation-Assault by strangulation

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