June 18, 2009

Another update from Bleak House

[FYI, Bleak House is the name of a Charles Dickens novel about a very long running legal dispute. I've snagged the title for my own very long running legal imbroglio.]

The judge has sentenced me for the window-breaking incident that the jury found me guilty of.

You can click the link below to see the case record.

At the bottom of the record, you can see the sentence: 60 days; three years formal probation. And then there's what you don't see: Lots and lots of fees and charges. The sentence or trial is likely to be appealed.

Update: I wasn't accepted into The Sheriff's Work Project. I was told that this was because I was living at the Union Gospel Mission. I was given a time to report at the Rio Consumnes Correctional Center: 6/29 @ 2pm. I will serve for 32 days only, so long as I'm not cited for causing any problems. The reduction in time comes from eight days served when I was initially picked up on a warrent last July, before being released on my own recognizance. And a 20-day reduction, which is the standard 1/3rd-time reduced for good behavior.

To send me mail [after July 1 and before July 24], you should use this address:
Thomas Edward Armstrong, Xref 4160766
Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center
12500 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Remember, I'm only going to be there for thirty-two days, so I won't really need anything. And, not to worry, anybody, I will certainly be OK -- much as I am OK in Homeless World. If you write me, kindly send paper and a stamped return envelope so that I can write you back. Here's info on what the jail will allow inmates to receive.


Ryan Garou said...

I've not (yet) had the pleasure of being a guest of the state but I asked a friend who has had a number of such experiences and I'm told Rio Cosumnes is one of the softer joints around and everyone there is serving a matter of months for some minor thing, so there's little to no gang/racial/whatever culture. Also says it isn't a lot different from the homeless routine, just with a lot less walking around. Anyway good luck bud, just remember when you get out you can impress the ladies by telling them "yeah I been to the joint" :)

Tom Armstrong said...

Thanks, Ryan! Friends of mine in Homeless World Sac'to have given me much the same message: that RCCC is like being homeless, but with much less walking.

It may be a bit rougher and more-crowded than it's been though - with the state moving its prison inmates over to county jails.

Kyle R Lovett said...

Tom - Please take care of yourself in there. Hope to see you on the other side soon.