Only one individual had a trial date this afternoon. Mr. Lin entered a guilty plea in conjunction with a Plea Agreement with the Commonwealth's Attorney. The court accepted his guilty plea for eight misdemeanor charges. He received 24 months jail time (suspended based on good behavior over a four year period), he was to perform 100 hours of community service with three service organizations, a $3,000 fine payable within six months, pay for all the court costs for each offense within six months, and voluntarily forfeited his Virginia fishing privileges/rights for four years. This is one of the stiffest sentences I've seen for a first offender. Many THANKS to the Commonwealth Attorney and the Virginia Marine Police for doing a great job with this case.
Mr. Chen had his arraignment today for eight charges. He was offered additional time to secure an Attorney on his own or apply for court-appointed representation. He has another arraignment scheduled for 0830 May 6th at which time they'll schedule a trial date.
The charges although sounding similar between the two they differ for Mr. Chen. Mr. Chen faces a Class 1 Misdemeanor (2nd Offense) which carries the possibility of additional jail time. That's why he was arraigned today and not on trial.