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Another day, another 16 & Pregnant arrest to report. Season 2 daddy Joshua Drummonds, 19, was arrested in Michigan for stealing and forging checks from his own mother.
Drummonds allegedly stole 5 checks from his mother, wrote the checks out to himself, forged her signature and then deposited them into his own bank account, reports the Examiner. The checks totaled to around $270, and the theft was reported to the police by his mother.
Unfortunately for Drummonds, who violated his probation with the check forgery, he is facing felony charges and up to 4 years in jail for larceny and 14 years for each forged check he wrote. His bail has been set at $20,000, a steep price for a relatively cheap crime. If convicted, will he really be facing years of jail time for stealing $270?
It all depends on the judge, and the judge's sentencing. Probation violation penalties vary depending on the state, and depend on how the probation was violated. Depending on the situation, some states will merely require that the violator do extra community service or attend rehab.
As for the check forgery, according to the Michigan Penal Code, the maximum sentence for each forged check is 14 years. Judges have flexibility in their sentencing and may impose shorter sentences than the maximum. Given the small denomination of the forged checks, it is possible that the judge will reduce the sentence.
The same holds true for the charge of larceny. If convicted, the judge may decide not to impose the full 4-year sentence.
It remains a mystery why there continue to be so many 16 and Pregnant arrests. Is there something that is spurring the show's alums, including Joshua Drummonds, to commit crimes?
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