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Interview with Drew and Matt

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Drew: It was a lengthy and tedious process. I have to admit and it took quite awhile before I realized a public defender the court appointed attorney was not ideal for me. I had a few court dates but was able to be released to a jail diversion program for a few months luckily I was blessed.
Matt: I arrived on a Friday so I had to wait a few days for my arraignment on Monday, it took several hours seeing as they had to process all the inmates that had come in over the weekend. The video explained your rights and I said not guilty and was then housed. The second time I went to Dona Ana county I was not arraigned or 'pre-sentenced', I had been in Grant County on a PV Hold and was then extradited, so I got housed the next day.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Drew: Yes initially when me and Marlena got into an arguement they the police that is stopped by my apartment. Although there was a foot chase and I was maced in handcuffs and later questioned while intoxicated at Memorial Medical Center. Needless to say I elaborated on things that didn't help my case.
Matt: I was arrested in a stolen Mini-Van, a peace officer had ran the plates and saw the vehicle was stolen, radioed it in and followed me, several police cars then converged on my position and was pulled over and surrounded by them. After questioning me and searching the vehicle they brought me to the station to be questioned by the Detective, and was then brought to the jail.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Drew: Court was grueling and when I originally went I was sentenced to probation. little did I know I was bound to come back for several violations and eventually finish my sentence at the Jail. It was funny thing though when I went to court on my probatiob violationx stemming from this charge. My P.O. thought it would all go his way but I had a payed lawyer first of all and he didn't try rehab with me at all so I went to Turquoise lodge in Albuquerque fo r one month of my sentence.
Matt: Court was a very long day. We woke up early and were brought into booking, where we waited and were fed breakfast, and then transported to the court house. We were given a short time to speak with our public defenders, and then were sent to sit in the court room. The judge was a very nice lady, and seemed to be fair. After giving my plea we were walked back to the holding tank, and after everyone finished we were transported back. It took most of the day.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Drew: Assault on an officer, Resisting arrest, and false imprisonment, and battery. Convicted on the latter two
Matt: My original charges were Receiving or Transferring Stolen Motor Vehicles, and that is what I was convicted of.

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