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Interview with Tom and Abe

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Tom: I bailed out 20 days after the arrest.
Abe: I had multiple court dates for motions etc. It was a long drawn out process and very debilitating mentally. I had about 6 court dates in 6 months before I was sentenced to time served. I looked at it more as torture to my mental state before finally being released.

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: I was arrested leaving a post office with five and half pounds of mushrooms. I was pulled over, removed from my car, handcuffed and taken away. We were targeted they knew the mushrooms were coming in so they were just waiting.
Abe: I was arrested on a bench warrant by the New York State Police agency in Williamson NY. I was initially pulled over for a vehicle and traffic violation. I was also operating the vehicle without a valid NYS license for an automobile. My bail was set at aboout 1600 dollars.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Tom: I was apprehensive, curious as to what was going on with the case, how people knew what was going on. I was nervous because I was looking at some serious jail time. Always thinking shoulda, coulda, woulda...
Abe: The judge was very rushed and mean. I think this was do the the fact I got arrested at about midnight and the judge had to be called in to arraign me after hours. The court was held in what looked to be a barn like building on Rt 104

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Tom: Criminal possession of controlled substance. I copped to 2nd degree possession of controlled substance.
Abe: I was charged with petit larceny, aggravated driving without a license, unlawful possession of marijuana. I was convicted of AUO 3rd.

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