Local man could see life plus 80 years in prison

Rather than enter a plea agreement during Union County Circuit Court on a number of charges, a local man could face anywhere between 55 years and life plus 80 years in prison and a $15,000 fine following his trial on Jan. 17.

Joseph Lee Ford Jr. has been charged with aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a certain person as a habitual offender – offenses that allegedly breached the conditions of three suspended impositions of sentencing granted to him in October 2007 when he pleaded guilty to three counts of residential burglary and theft of property.

More in tomorrow’s News-Times.

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3 Responses to Local man could see life plus 80 years in prison

  1. The lone reader says:

    And who says the legal system doesn’t work?

  2. AFM says:

    Or a way to get back at the system. Refuse a plea bargain until the morning of the trial. Inconvenience the judge, prosecutor, clerks, bailiffs, and certainly lest not forget the JURORS who are the only people who didn’t ask to be there and whose job doesn’t depend on their presence. Happens all the time. Those that have been in the system (those labeled ‘habitual offenders’ are inserted here) know the closer it is to trial the sweeter the deal is. Lets be real in the fact that the prosecutor and his deputies are way overworked and underpaid. A conviction is a conviction to their stats wether an offender is sentenced to 100 days or 100 years. Stack ‘Em high and leave room to plea down. Everyone in the system knows about this. And for anyone who believes it doesn’t is very naive and have not followed any court cases.

  3. Sara says:

    Actually, I have seen prosecutors give a plea deal and state that it’s good for “today only.” They stuck to their word, with the defendant wishing on trial day that he/she had opted for the deal, instead of facing a much longer sentence.
    So it works both ways.

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