Location: Oregon and New York
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Okay, there's a lot of background information, here.
Critical background information starts out in a sleepy Oregon town. Gus, my main character, got it into his head that blackmailing a reverend would be a good idea, and it's not very long before a co-worker and an ex-girlfriend get roped into this scheme. Like all good schemes, it immediately falls apart, and the night ends with a body count, including a reverend and his wife, a deputy, and an FBI agent who was in town, tracking down a serial killer.
It should probably be pointed out that Gus did not actually kill anybody. In fact, everybody else wound up pretty much killing one another. Except for maybe the reverend, although that's debatable (as he may or may not have had a side-venture making snuff films).
The night ended with Gus being shot by the FBI agent twice in the chest and then pushed off a first story (or second story, if you count it that way) ledge and left for dead (but because this is the sort of universe where people survive having an axe lodged in their skull, he wakes up in hospital several months later). It's also worth noting that Gus was shot earlier in the night in the thigh, though it seems to have been a through-and-through (which is still iffy, I know; blame the dude who wrote the script).
Turns out, the co-worker's wife, who is the local sheriff, caught on to this whole thing just before everyone winds up dead, or nearly dead, and figures out where they all are. She arrives at the scene just after Gus' ex, the only conscious survivor of the whole ordeal, fled the scene. Around this time, the sheriff realises that her husband managed to switch the bags full of money, and now she has $2 million in the trunk of her patrol car. Rather than turn in the money, she manages to rather clumsily cover everything up, call for back-up, and pretends to get on with her life.
Fast forward about six months later. After Gus wakes up in hospital, the sheriff runs him out of town with a small amount of pay-off money. He's quite badly injured, and not exactly done recovering from everything, but also doesn't want this bent sheriff to make him disappear, so he does it on his own, and makes his way to Manhattan, where he has several contacts from years past. He manages to get set up with a false identity, and intends to just disappear into a tiny little flat forever, with no intention of ever trying anything stupid again.
It doesn't work, and he's found out after a few months because of something complicated involving the person whose name he's using that I've not exactly figured out yet, but it doesn't really matter. The point is, he gets arrested.
Gus does not want to go to prison. Nor do I want him to go to prison. The plan is, tentatively, to have him basically rat out everybody he's ever worked with to avoid this outcome. This includes filling in some gaps surrounding the case in Oregon that involves a lot of dead people, including a fed, a deputy, and a reverend. By this point, he knows that his ex (who he's pretty much assuming got away without being caught, since he never found anything about her in the papers) is a pretty nasty serial killer, and he even plans on implicating the dead reverend as a snuff film producer, and outing the bent sheriff.
My questions, then, are these:
- How would the plea bargaining thing actually work? I used to watch a lot of Law and Order, like a million years ago, but that's hardly reliable, even if I did remember anything from it.
- How long would this whole process take?
- Considering his injuries, would there be any instance of special care, especially since he was originally checked into hospital under an assumed name, and explaining his injuries would only implicate himself.
- How small can I get his sentence? Since he's from a bizarro-world sort of universe anyway, I'd ideally like to go for small as possible without being completely unbelievable.
- And is there anything I've completely just fucked up all together?