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Old 09-15-2018, 03:35 PM
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The stress is really getting to me bit time. My son was supposed to be sentenced back in Feb then changed to May then again to Aug, Sept and just changed again to Oct. I know it's good because he is home a little longer but I also feel I want this over with ASAP. I do know we are looking for at least 5 years and the 3 years he has spent on house arrest will not count towards that 5 years. It's just so frustrating.
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:51 PM
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Ugh! Has anyone bothered themselves to tell you why the sentencing phase is taking so long? Its been my experience that once a plea is agreed upon or a verdict rendered the sentencing part is pretty quick I hope the sentencing isn't delayed after October....once you get that behind you, the rest of journey levels out a tad & everyone gets into a routine.
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That is CRAZY.
Why so long???? I wonder. Seems abnormal to me.
Hub plead guilty in I think Nov. Was sentenced (after two delays) sometime in Feb)
Understandable due to holidays.
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The stress is really getting to me bit time. My son was supposed to be sentenced back in Feb then changed to May then again to Aug, Sept and just changed again to Oct. I know it's good because he is home a little longer but I also feel I want this over with ASAP. I do know we are looking for at least 5 years and the 3 years he has spent on house arrest will not count towards that 5 years. It's just so frustrating.
This is not unusual for federal charges especially since he is not in a detention center or jail. I understand it is stressful, but the courts either don't see it that way or they don't care.

I remained in county jails for 12 months after sentencing.
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My son is receiving counseling and I believe the judge and our lawyer want him to get more sessions under his belt before he goes in. It's just so frustrating. We just found out about this last delay on Friday and he was due for sentencing on Wed so less than a week's notice.
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Hello! I just want to stop in, say hello and let you know you are not alone!



My son has been incarcerated for a year, this month. It has been a crazy year. I am looking back on the year and it's a bazarro state of mind for me. I am trying to remember when he finally, sounds odd to say, finally landed where he is now. I will have to ask him. I haven't been able to visit this month b/c of the weather in NC. The visits and phone calls suspended. This coming up weekend visits might be allowed, but I won't be available to visit. Looks like the next time I will see him will be first weekend in October.



Hang in there, keep calling, keep visiting, write letters! We are their advocates. We cannot turn away!


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Delays of sentencing can be good things. Since the judge and your lawyer are the reason for the most recent delay, successfully completing his counseling might even result in a shorter sentence for your Son.
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The stress is really getting to me bit time. My son was supposed to be sentenced back in Feb then changed to May then again to Aug, Sept and just changed again to Oct. I know it's good because he is home a little longer but I also feel I want this over with ASAP. I do know we are looking for at least 5 years and the 3 years he has spent on house arrest will not count towards that 5 years. It's just so frustrating.
Well here we go again. My son's sentencing is scheduled for this Friday, Jan 4th. Almost a year from when it was first scheduled. Our lawyer is confident it will go down this time for sure. Even with the Fed. shutdowns and a change in some standards. He called about a half hour ago and said he will be reading thru the changes tonight and tomorrow but doesn't feel there will be much there to help our situation. Not how I wanted to start the new year but I am so ready to get this behind us. I just think that if he was sentenced when he was first scheduled we would be almost a year down. I just wish this could all be taken into consideration but our lawyer says that the judge needs to follow standards and that is a minimum of 5 years with no house arrest counts towards this.
I just pray that the judge is as easy as he can be with the decisions he makes for my son and that he is placed where we hope and can do a self surrender.
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Well here we go again. My son's sentencing is scheduled for this Friday, Jan 4th. Almost a year from when it was first scheduled. Our lawyer is confident it will go down this time for sure. Even with the Fed. shutdowns and a change in some standards. He called about a half hour ago and said he will be reading thru the changes tonight and tomorrow but doesn't feel there will be much there to help our situation. Not how I wanted to start the new year but I am so ready to get this behind us. I just think that if he was sentenced when he was first scheduled we would be almost a year down. I just wish this could all be taken into consideration but our lawyer says that the judge needs to follow standards and that is a minimum of 5 years with no house arrest counts towards this.
I just pray that the judge is as easy as he can be with the decisions he makes for my son and that he is placed where we hope and can do a self surrender.
I feel your pain. My husband's sentencing was rescheduled 8x. It was the awful. What added to our anxiety is that the Parole Officer refused to tell our lawyer what sentence she recommended and said she couldn't tell him and that only the judge knew. My husband then just expected he was getting the max sentence which in his case was 57-71 months guidelines, which is also what the prosecution was asking for even though he had cooperated. Ultimately he only received 18, but the anxiety was horrendous. At first every time it was delayed, I was relieved. Not knowing what she had recommended was scary because it was like going in there blind. But by the end, I was just ready to get it over and like you felt that if his case hadn't continuously gotten delayed (it was 3 years from indictment to sentencing) he would long be done already if he had gotten a 2-1/2 or 3 year sentence.

Now looking back with him about to come home, it all worked out for the best. The sentencing guidelines did happen to change about a year before his sentencing so that helped, and maybe the delay helped in some other regards, as it gave him time to pay his restitution, helped him work longer to get some savings put away for me to live off of while he was gone, and some other things. But there comes a point that until you are sentenced you feel like you are already in prison anyway. It is a horrendous feeling. No matter what sentence your son gets, as awful as it may be, you will feel some sense of relief if it finally goes off on Friday. That is when his sentence really begins and that is when your countdown begins for him to be done and start his life over as odd as that sounds. WHen my husband was finally sentenced, there was a sense of peace about it and we finally could move forward and have an end in sight.

He's been gone just over a year and it went by really fast. I couldn't imagine having to go through yet another year or longer with him gone, but I know this much. If I made it through this year, I could make it through another one. You will too. As we tell each other and I'll tell you. Just keep your eye on the prize. This will pass and you will all be stronger for it. The little things in life will not matter for you and you will appreciate what you do have.
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Well here we go again. My son's sentencing is scheduled for this Friday, Jan 4th.
Thinking of you and praying for you today, how did it all go?
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