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Interview with Tom

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Tom: After I was arrested, I stayed in the jail for almost four months. Then I took an option for drug treatment and got moved out but I was in there the whole time.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Tom: At that time I was heavy into drugs and I got caught stealing and they also charged me with possession of the drugs I had on me.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Tom: I went to court 4 different times and every time it was adjourned before anything was resolved. I was hoping every time would I find out if I was going to be staying or going and when they didn't happen it just added to the stress.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Tom: The original charges were 2 counts criminal possession, 2 counts petty larceny and evading arrested. I was convicted of violation of probation and the two possession counts. They dropped everything else.

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