Cobb is facing up to life in jail because of prior convictions
BRATTLEBORO -- A Connecticut man, facing life in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced today in Windham County Superior Court.
In July 2010, 42-year-old Jonathan Cobb, of Cheshire, Conn., led police on a high speed chase through Massachusetts and Vermont.
After he was finally stopped, Cobb fled on foot until members of the Vermont State Police caught up to him and ordered him to get on the ground.
When Cobb was in custody, police found 34 bags of heroin, weighing 996.2 milligrams, and a .9 grams of cocaine in a bag that Cobb had tried to swallow.
James Valente, Cobb’s attorney, told the Reformer that his client offered an "open plea" as opposed to agreeing to a plea bargain from the State’s Attorney’s Office.
"We didn’t like the plea offer," Valente said. "We though it would be more productive to do an open plea, where he pleads guilty to every charge with nothing in return and put his fate into the hands of the judge with the opportunity to make some progress with his life outside of jail."
For nearly a year, Cobb was serving time in jail, either for unrelated drugs charges from Connecticut or after his transfer to Vermont awaiting his trial on the new charges.
Eventually he was able to post bail and has been in treatment for his drug addiction ever since, Valente said.
The reason Cobb is facing
According to court records, Cobb was convicted of felony counts of escape twice, once in 1996 and again in 1999. He was also convicted of felonious possession of stolen property in 1995.
Valente said the two escape convictions stemmed from Cobb not checking in with police while he was out on furlough.
The charges he’s agreed to plead guilty to are felony possession of heroin, and three misdemeanor charges of attempting to elude police, careless or negligent operation of a vehicle and cocaine possession.