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Riding the rails doesn't have happy ending of the moviesPosted Friday, January 11, 2013, at 2:55 PM
After the story about two men "Ridin' the Rails" came out in the paper, I heard about a great movie starring Lee Marvin and I heard "Oh, I've always wanted to do that!" and "Wouldn't it be neat to jump a train and ride across the country?"
As romantic a notion it may be, the reality is that anyone riding rails is probably not living life on easy street.
I think it sounds like a neat thing to do too. It would be fun right up until the moment I realized I was hungry and there was no heat or running water available. Then I'd be riding whatever I could find to get back home again in Indiana.
Since so many people were interested in the story of the two men, I thought you might be interested in what happened to their cases.
After they were discovered riding a train in the Jasonville area, both were arrested on Dec. 27 and wound up in the Greene County Jail. They were both charged with criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor. Both were being held on $1000 bonds and they didn't post bond -- they stayed in jail until their court dates.
Early on Jan. 4, both had initial hearings in Greene Superior Court via videoconference from the jail to the courtroom. Both waived their right to counsel -- so no public defender was appointed.
They both entered a plea of guilty and Judge Dena Martin entered a conviction then pronounced their sentence.
They were both sentenced to 16 days in the county jail. They'd been in there eight days, and with good time credit, that meant they had just served their 16 days, and they were on the road again.
I heard they were out of jail before I even checked on their case -- a woman told me she was sure she saw them walking along a highway one afternoon.
I can't help but wonder what path they're on now. I hope to a place where the sun is shining -- don't think Indiana weather has been very friendly to people on the road lately.
Fare thee well travelers.
Anna is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office at 847-4487.
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