Monterey County Sentencing Practice is an Outrage!!
What are our courts thinking??
June 10, 2011
Sprinkler thiefs that were arrested earlier this year, Jerry and Joshua Tefteller, both released on bond, and then on April 5th at court the bond was raised to $100,000.00 and they were both to be re- arrested. (Wow we don't even set that high of a bond for armed robberies in this county) but anyhow, the Judge told both parties that they could go but to come back to the courtroom in one hour so they could turn themselves back over to the Sherriff Department...what?? Jerry did as told and turned himself in within the hour, But Joshua, showing true criminal thinking, ran resulting in a warrant for his arrest and was even on Manhunt Monday.Now the courts messed up even more I think, because Jerry the one who willingly turned himself over, wrote an apology letter to the farmers for his involvement and has paid over $1,400.00 towards restitution through the farmers Insurance Company, Yet MCSC denied requests for an O.R.Bond or reduction to bail, due to he was a flight risk because his nephew jumped bond,Okay I guess I understand, you screwed up once but didn’t want to again… but then the nephew Joshua Tefteller was caught around May 17th went to court on May 24th and then on May 26th, was released by the court on a O.R. bond....WHAT? So if you jump bail and disobey a direct order of the courts, don’t worry you want be punished you will be rewarded and released in less than 8 days!! Now the other guy Jerry tried again for an O.R. bond after Josh was released, but again was denied, what is wrong with you Judge Hood?? I must also note that there were 2 more sprinkler head thefts that I know of since Jerry Tefteller has been in Jail... one in Salinas CA. on April 20th or 21st, and one in Soledad Ca. on May 21st. (Joshua was out on both days) So am I the only one that thinks Monterey County has really messed this up? Why would you release someone on an O.R. bond less than 8 days after being captured for jumping bond? Oh and don't forget Joshua has a record a mile long, been on prop 36 three times and was just released from his last charges on Jan. 2011, with several felonies occurring from 2008 to present date(to find this go to Monterey County Superior Court website then to case lookup, then index search and put in his name) Yet Joshua received time served and 3 yrs. probation ? Jerry recieved 6 months jail time and 3 years probation. So to the MCSC and Judge Hood,in my opinion the way you handled this case, leaves many questions , and I am sure that if sentencing continues on like this in Monterey County the crimes in Monterey County will sky rocket !! You have shown me that obviously it doesn’t matter how many crimes you do, or how you handle yourself with the courts, or if you make no attempt to show any remorse for your actions, it only matters WHO YOU ARE!! Way to go MCSC and Judge Hood! Way to serve Monterey County!! Please if you agree let others know!