Friday, June 27, 2008

Man to Serve 9 Months in Jail for Wife Visiting Him in Jail

Marshall Crandall IV is either the most in love guy or the dumbest guy on the planet, but does he deserve jail time for his wife coming to visit him when he was in the county jail? Evidently yes.... Marshall Crandall of Vassalboro, Maine was sentence to nine months jail time this week after pleading guilty (not surprising given the "advice" accused guys are given by their attorney's....) to three counts of violating conditions of release by allowing his alleged victim to have contact with him in his jail cell. Wait a minute, am I hearing correctly? That's right, even though his wife told the judge the domestic assault for which Marshall was arrested was mutual and admitting that she, "picked him up three or four times and slammed him on the ground," that didn't matter. What mattered was that when his wife came to visit Marshall in jail he didn't remind her (HELLO her paperwork says the same thing) that he was to have no contact with her, the victim, he didn't "shoo" her away. Yep, that's the law in Maine (and elsewhere) if your alleged victim approaches or calls you and you allow the contact it's "my bad" as far as the law is concerned. Read more about Marshall Crandall IV situation below: AUGUSTA, MAINE — As soon as an inmate from Vassalboro had a visitor at the Kennebec County jail in Augusta, he was violating a court order. Marshall Crandall IV, of Vassalboro, was sentenced to serve nine months in jail Tuesday at a Kennebec County Superior Court hearing after he pleaded guilty to three counts of violating conditions of release for having contact with the visitor. Crandall, 39, had been arrested April 4 and charged with domestic assault. That charge was dropped Tuesday in exchange for his plea to violating the court order. A condition of release on the domestic assault charge banned him from contact with the woman — the same woman who visited him at the jail. The violations occurred April 5, 10 and 15, when the woman named as the assault victim visited Crandall, according to jail records. The woman told the judge on Tuesday the domestic assault was mutual, and that she could have been charged with the same offense in the incident. “I picked him up three or four times and slammed him on the ground,” she said. The incident ended when the woman said she asked a neighbor to call police. “All I wanted was for them to take him for the day so I could move my stuff out of the house,” she said. Crandall was indicted in 2002 on charges of assault, violating conditions of release, violating a protective order, aggravated criminal trespass and tampering with a victim, among other offenses, and was on probation for some of them when the April 4 domestic assault charge was lodged. Crandall’s attorney, Hank Hainke, said afterward he expects Crandall to be successful on probation this time. “My client’s been in jail for 82 days, and he thinks this is a good way for him to handle this matter,” Hainke told Justice Donald Marden. Now that the assault charge is dropped, Crandall is not prohibited from seeing the woman. Asked how an inmate could have avoided contact with a banned person while incarcerated, District Attorney Evert Fowle said Crandall should have notified jail officials. “He should have said, ‘I’m not supposed to have contact,’” Fowle said. Url where this article can be found: