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Interview with Dan, Hugh and Wendy

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Dan: the pre-sentencing process was long because they took me to jail and then i had to go to court the next day then the judge wants there so i had 2 more court appearances it was more of a waste of my time in way that i had went there
Hugh: You are in the booking area of the jail and get on a video phone to complete the interview. They ask you questions like where you are living if you are working and any other questions that would propose any options for when you go to your pre trial and sentencing
Wendy: I had a family member post bail for me, I took a plea deal to avoid court and I was never placed on probation, just had to pay a fine for disorderly conduct in the privacy of my own home. the whole entire process was very very long and exhausting.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Dan: i had got a call from a detective in vandalia and he told me he had to talk to me so i told him to hold on that i just got off work and that i would go home and change and then i will be up there to talk to him about what he needed to speak to me about
Hugh: I had the police arrest me in my house . They had come into my house and read me my rights. They then put me into cuffs and put me in the back of the cop car when they proceeded to take me to the Montgomery county jail where I was booked in
Wendy: My 14yr old son called the police on me claiming I was abusing my daughter (no bruises) or medics, and because I was drinking and watching the superbowl, I was arrested for domestic violence. (the threw a party when I went to jail) police left them there all alone period.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Dan: court was really scary because the fact i didn't know what the judge was going to say next because he was mad at me because i had lied to everyone thinking i could get out and he didn't like it so i just maned up and told him the truth about everything
Hugh: First court date you go to video court you and the judge are on video then you go to pretrial in front of the judge. The courtroom has wooden pews and they call you by your name and case number. You either get took back into the jail or fine you or set you up for trial
Wendy: Vandalia ohio court and it was quick and reasonable, only reason I pled to a lesser charge because I couldnt afford to miss work. Their court is better than montgomery county court because it wasn't crowded and the staff have more respect in how they treat you. Very clean too.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Dan: original charges was one count rape and then 2 counts attempted rape and i pleaded guilty to the attempted so then the rape was drooped
Hugh: Public intoxication underage consumption burglary and disorderly conduct
Wendy: Domestic violence. Disorderly conduct charge.

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