4/23/15 – Christopher Helms – Judge Forrest Bridges

Start Time
Judge Forrest D. Bridges
Christopher Helms
Time judge entered
9:50 am
Time of first case
9:50 am
Time of your case
10:15 am
Division / Community
Eastway Division – Winterfield
Charges for today’s hearing:
Charges: Felony ROBBERY WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON 2012246398Felony CONSPIRACY 2012246399 Misdemeanor RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER 2012246401 Felony COMMON LAW ROBBERY 2012246402Felony CONSP ARMED ROBBERY BUS/PERS 2012246403
Outcome of hearing
Mr. Helms plead guilty to the agreed plea bargain of 2 counts of common law robbery: 2012246402 & 2012246398. The other charges were dropped. Mr. Helms was sentenced to 8-19 months for the first count and a suspended sentence for the 2nd count. After leaving prison, he will be put on active probation for 2 ½ years. If he breaks his probation, he goes back to jail. Mr. Helms is not to be anywhere on Winterfield Place or Burner Drive after his release from prison.
Was the victim present?
Was he/she subpoenaed?
Assistant District Attorney(s): *
Matt Rupp
Defense Attorney/Public Defender:
Did ADA inform the judge of our presence?
Yes, in open court
The ADA Matt Rupp informed Judge Bridges that members of Court Watch were present and the Judge asked us what our interest was in this case. The president of the Winterfield Neighborhood Association said that they are doing everything we can to make our neighborhood safe; we work closely with our community police officers and have an active Crime Watch program. Burner Drive is where the Winterfield Apartments are located, and the only thing that separates the apartments from Ms. Langevin’s and her neighbors’ yards is a chain-link fence. Ms.Langevin also informed Judge Bridges that the Winterfield Elementary School is located at the end of Winterfield Place, a short distance from Burner Drive. Judge Bridges asked Ms.Langevin what she would like for him to do with regard to Mr. Helms’ sentencing. She responded that she would like Mr. Helms to not be allowed to come into the Eastway/Sheffield and Winterfield neighborhoods ( The school is adjacent to both these neighborhoods.) After some discussion, the suggested area was deemed too large so it was narrowed to Winterfield Place and Burner Drive located in the Winterfield Neighborhood.
Christopher Helms is a Record Level 1 with no prior convictions. He had 181 days’ credit in jail. He was to pay $364 of court costs.
Posted in 2015, April, Eastway, Plea Deal, Sentenced - Split (Active and Suspended with probation), Visiting Judges and tagged .

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