It’s time for a Juicy Joe is going to prison update! On Monday, Juicy Joe and his intrepid attorney, Miles Feinstein, were in Superior Court to set a pretrial hearing date for his state case for presenting false identification to obtain a driver’s license while his license was suspended, a second degree felony. The judge agreed to set the court date for July 14th. This is great news for Juicy. Let me break it all down for you.
Ever since the federal charges were brought against Joe, Feinstein has been going to court to over and over to delay the pretrial hearing date. He used many different excuses to insure that the trial date would continue to be pushed back, including a major murder trial that he was defending. And finally on Monday he got what he really wanted, a pretrial hearing after Joe’s sentencing for the federal charges.
Why is this so important? Well, if you recall my breakdown of Joe’s plea deal, the federal sentencing guidelines based on a chart. Two magic numbers are calculated to determine the sentence. First along the x-axis across the top of the chart you need the defendant’s level. They look at all prior convictions and assign a level based on the seriousness of the offenses. I believe that Joe has no priors that would move him past level one. But if he takes a plea, or is found guilty on the state charge that would push him to a level two (or if he has priors I don’t know about it would also push him up a category). That would increase his sentence on the federal charges by five months or so. So that was the big win for him in court this week.
If the federal sentencing is delayed, as they often are, then Feinstein will set a trial date and go through the motions of a trial, hoping for another date beyond the next federal sentencing date. Once Joe is sentenced and goes to prison, Feinstein will likely negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutors and Joe will likely do a bit more time for the state once he completes his three to four year federal stint. The maximum for his state sentence is ten years. I think he might have turned down a plea for five years already on that, but I am going on my memory which is often wrong.
And then, immigration will decide if they want to deport him.