Interview with Ryan, Alex, George, John, Diana and Maria
JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Ryan: THEY GAVE ME PAPERS WITH FURTHER COURT DATES TO
GO TO. Alex: You could be there for HOURS. George: VERY SIMPLE(
1,2,3, GET IN THE CAGE YOU ARE DONE) John: since i have been incarcerated on numerous
occassions, i normally know what the sentence
will generally be. most if not all of my charges
have been theft related, which normally
increases my time with every additional theft. Diana: Quick but I was terrified had to be shackled to other inmates
not a good experience at all but I had to sit in a room for about
a hour so I got to get away from my cell which was a plus. The
judge was nice too I but it's,jail Maria: Well, at pre-sentencing, my PD told me not to wear
any jewelry the next time I came to court.
Confused, I asked why. He responded that I'd be
going to jail for at least a year and a day!
Some attorney, huh? I totally freaked out, and
ended up leaving the state.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Ryan: NO Alex: Yes, back in 2004. In November 2006 I answered a summons to
appear. George: YES John: only once, but that was in centralia Diana: Fight at my house my name was ran old warrant I had to take
care of it was a must I seen the judge had to be expedited
from.king county to Pierce county it was so embarrassed
because all my neighbors were outside looking as I was taken
away in cuffs Maria: Well, here's what happend:
My friend, Becky Culbertson, and I had attended
the Puyallup Fair. It was my first time there and
we had a great time - she saw to that.
Afterwards, she said we had to pick up her son
from her ex's house and then mentioned that she
had NO milk in the house and we had to stop and
get some before we picked him up. I agreed. So
she stopped at the Fred Meyer's there in Puyallup
and she went in. Five minutes later, she rushes
out,gets in the car and peels out. She throws
this PURSE at me! yelling at me to go through it.
I'm like 'Becky, what the hell?' but she's
ignoring me. The next thing you know, the lady
comes racing out of the store at top speed,
chasing after Becky. She peels out, and we think
that's the end of it, but NO! she flags down this
random car, says something to the driver through
the window and jumps in, and THEY GIVE CHASE! So
there we are, racing through downtown Puyallup,
running red lights, doing all kind of crazy moves,
during high fair traffic. Finally. we lose them.
We're soooo relieved. The next day, she totals
her car. :(
We think it's done, but the lady had gotten her
plate number, and gave it to the police, who
contacted the car's registered owner, her EX-
HUSBAND, who gave Becky up, no questions asked.
When the polce went to her house, she blamed the
whole thing ON ME! TOLD THEM WHERE I WORKED AND
EVEN DREW THEM A MAP SHOWING THEM WHERE MY JOB
So the police show up at my job as a directory
assistance operator ("what city, please?") and
arrested me on the spot, dragging me out in front
of all of my co-workers.
I bailed myself out when I got to the jail, and
was released on PR (PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE).
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Ryan: I COULD HARDLY SAY ANYTHING THE COURT APOINTED
ATTORNY SAID EVERYTHING Alex: Very impersonal. Mostly seemed like a "hurry and get to the next
one" thing. You're kept in a holding cell with about 40 other
guys. You don't see your "attorney" until you actually walk
before the judge. Chances are if it's a court appointed attorney,
this will be the first time you've met him/her. There's whispering
on both sides - the experience is actually numbing. You're
attorney tells you what's happening and you sign some papers.
Then it's back to the holding cell to wait until EVERY one has
been to court. George: ONE SIDED I COULDNOT TALK John: the court appearance itself took all of 5
minutes. its just the waiting to be seen by the
judge while you wait in a cramped and crowded
room with a few dozen other inmates that whine
and cry about their charges that get to you.
point blank is if you dont have a private
attorney and a little cash, you may have to sit
for awhile. Diana: I couldn't wait to go to court because I knew I was getting out
my charges were very old and not violent the judge
complimented my hair which I just got done but I was really
excited to go out my cell so it was OK to me. Court went good Maria: Court sucked. It was all long, drawn out
hearings, listening to that lady ramble on about
what a victim she was and wondering where the hell
Becky was. I was NOT having a good time!
Becky and I were tried separately, not together.
because that's what my lawyer recommended. OH! I
forgot to tell you! My parents were out of the
country (my dad had recently gotten transferred to
Shanghai. China) and weren't around, my older
brother, Doug, was in another state, and my little
sister, Sharon, had gone to visit him.
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Diana: Felony forgery
Attempted forgery was Maria: The original charges were robbery in the second
degree. Even though I didn't do anything or say
anything to the lady and Becky and I had very
little in common physically, the lady had gone to
the judge EVERY DAY for, like, months, (or at
least weeks) making sure her squeaky wheel got
Since I left the state, and was later returned by
the Pierce County offocers from Arkansas, via jet,
I was charged with bail jumping as well.