DETROIT – Around 3:40 Tuesday afternoon, former political consultant Sam Riddle arrived at the federal courthouse to turn himself in to authorities. His two sons where with him, and he was carrying a Bible.
We asked Riddle why pick today to go to jail. He answered, “It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, and it’s a great day to go to jail.”
Earlier in the day, Riddle’s attorney filed a motion with the court requesting his bond be revoked.
Riddle is not scheduled to be sentenced in his federal corruption case until August, but turning himself in early means he will already be in federal custody when he stands before Wayne Circuit Court Judge Gregory Bill on Wednesday morning to be sentenced for assaulting his former girlfriend Mary Waters.
The legal maneuver could lead to Riddle serving time for both crimes in a federal facility rather than a state prison. Either way, prison is not something Riddle is looking forward too.
“I’d rather be in no damn custody,” he said. “What custody would you want to be in?”
Riddle is facing 37 months in prison for the federal corruption case. He is also looking at a minimum of two years for the felonious assault case. He is hoping to be able to serve both of those sentences at the same time.