Salem Place apartment complex Main Street, Amherst
Griffin Veldran, Jesse Korzen stand before Judge Payne Monday morning
In Eastern Hampshire District Court on Monday in Courtroom #1 two college aged youth took the plea deal offered by the Commonwealth to dispose of their "noise" arrest by Amherst police late Friday into early Saturday morning.
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Pay the $300 Amherst Town Bylaw fine and stay out of trouble for the next four months.
Meanwhile over in Courtroom #2, three other "college aged youth" (Zachary Calderwood, Jonathan Spencer, Joshua Young) who had appealed their Noise TBL violation last November almost went to a jury trial, but copped a plea at the last minute ... as folks so often do.
One of them (Jonathan Spenser) did not actually live in the apartment, therefor should not have been issued a ticket, so the Commonwealth dropped the charges against him. And the other two pled guilty to a civil infraction and had their case put "on file" for the next 60 days.
So yes, by burdening the system via an appeal they avoided the $300 fine, but taxpayers still won by avoiding a jury trial. And if they get into any trouble over the next two months, the original charges come back into play.
Therefore they better behave themselves on Superbowl Sunday.