Mar 18, 2016 8:33 PM
CONCORD - Friday afternoon was the moment Owen Labrie was placed in handcuffs and told he was going to jail.
"I will revoke bail," Judge Smukler said.
Attorneys, Labrie's family and the victim’s family were all emotional in court as the decision was handed down Friday.
"When the court issues a bail order and noncompliance it is subject to penalty," Merrimack District Attorney, Scott Murray said. "The Judge imposed a penalty today and revoked bail. That is the message."
"He's not mentally ready to spend time in jail," Owen Labrie's attorney Jaye Rancourt said. "Owen is a resilient young man and I'm sure he'll be fine but I'm heartbroken that's where he is right now."
Attorneys argued Labrie had broken curfew on several occasions, saying he may have done so to see his girlfriend at Harvard. The defense said Labrie was quietly attempting to attend a university and legal meetings. The investigation sprung from a series of tweets from a reporter Labrie met one day on the MBTA.
"This is his life," Rancourt said. "If he goes to apply for a job, he’s turned down, because he is Owen Labrie and no one wants to associate with him. If he signs up for classes and it’s going to be known where he is taking classes, they won’t accept him because they don’t want to be associated with Owen Labrie."
Handcuffed and visibly shocked by the decision, Labrie exited the court house and entered the sheriff’s vehicle.
Rancourt said the legal team has filed to appeal his conviction and could appeal Friday’s decision as well.
"He could serve the whole sentence before it’s heard which would be a real shame if they end up overturning his conviction and has already served the sentence," Rancourt said.
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