John Tran listens as Judge Mark J. Freedrauss read a guilty plea and guilty verdict on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In the days since John Tran’s arrest on domestic abuse charges, no one has debated his six-year sentence. Despite evidence that the prosecutor had discovered shortly before Tran allegedly carried out the assault, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Michael Mukasey, former attorney general, argued against the five-year mandatory minimum that should come with Tran’s sentence. The overall punishment, Vance insisted, was too heavy.
The judge agreed, rejecting defense claims that Tran committed the crime for which he was convicted. Not before his sentence, Judge Mark J. Freedrauss said that Tran’s irreparable injury was “striking.”
Tran, 34, was sentenced to 45 months. The ex-Uber driver, whose ex-girlfriend had testified that he assaulted her several times during an argument last September, told the judge that he had endured five years of being part of the “bottom tier of humanity.”
“These words must sink in,” Freedrauss said. “Imagine standing there while your life changes forever.”
After it was over, Tran quietly walked out of court a free man.
Read the full story at the New York Times.
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