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It appears that Deric may have a last minute holiday gift. He could be spending the entire holiday a free man and not have to worry about being locked up until after the first of next year.

It is a common procedure in criminal cases for prosecutors to file what is known as a “Presentence investigation report” with the court.

The report would detail an investigation into the history of person convicted of a crime before sentencing to determine if there are extenuating circumstances which should be a factor when mitigating  the sentence or a history of criminal behavior to increase the harshness of the sentence.

As of this writing such a report has not been filed. Because of this, Deric’s sentence could be delayed until January 2017.

It would be a hollow victory at best since the cloud of his going to jail would be hanging over him during a season which should be a celebration rather than a countdown of doom.

Deric may well be consumed fretting over how his actions over the past several years may culminate in the disaster that awaits him sooner rather than later.

One last question to consider. Will the bird take flight?

Stay tuned