Bad News

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yesterday, moments after the deal seemed to be effected, it was already off the table. After turning down an already accepted plea bargain of 30 years, the judge decided that even the newly agreed upon 40 years was not sufficient for the crimes committed by Maxim Hoppens. She, thusly, attached another five years per additional crimes related to the murder: two counts of forgery and one for the use of a stolen credit card (called “access device fraud”). She is imposing the sentence for these crimes as consecutive, adding an additional fifteen years to the prison term: 55 years in total. It remains to be seen how team Hoppens will respond to this additional requirement. The scuttlebutt around town is that the judge prides herself on being a “tough” judge (surely not always a bad thing). A dreaded trial may be the outcome: an outcome that she may prefer, but that I don’t.

  1. Carey Rosen says:

    The horrific act that Max has done, contains enough within it, and should put him away for forever. There is so much in that alone. But this legal roller-coaster that has spun around what Max has committed is a hard enough tale-spin on its own as well.
    Jane, I sincerely hope that this judge finds another case to have her tough trials with – and leave Max with a sentence that he can accept – so at least there can be some repreive in this legal dance. I hope it comes to an acceptable resolution – so you can be done with at least this part of the chapter. I hope and pray with all my heart that a trial will not be necessary, and that the outcome that the judge would desire, can happen for her without a trial – without it causing any more hurt to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

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