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Interview with Dave and Julian

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Dave: When I got arrested I was put right in jail and stayed there until my trial and then went right back once they passed the sentance. I had a lawyer that I paid for myself. They offered my plea bargains which I ultimately took but I was in jail the whole time.
Julian: I was arrested when I got pulled over and immediately taken to jail. I couldn't bail out and waited there for a week until i had a court date.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Dave: I was 18 at the time and was with a couple of friend riding around. We saw some people we didn't like so we went and stopped off at a friends house and got a gun. Then we went back out and when we saw them again, I just got out and started shooting. Then somebody called the cops. The cops found us and we got into a chase and a run then we got caught up.
Julian: No- I was pulled over for DUI and also had a warrant for battery.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Dave: I was scared. I didn't know what to expect and didn't know if I was going to have to spend the rest of my life in jail or not.
Julian: Noisy, scary, cold. You don't know what is going on. You are also cuffed and shackled for all of it.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Dave: Organized criminal gang activity which is a 1st degree felony, possession of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault. The gun charged was dropped because they messed up the paperwork.
Julian: DUI, resisting arrest, battery.

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