When Tuszynski went to court the first time, the prosecutor, “an old white guy,” told the judge they were seeking a five- to 10-year prison sentence and asked for a $500,000 bond.
The judge went with $150,000. To get out, Tuszynski needed $15,000, which he didn't have.
“If I had close to $10,000, I'd spend it on top surgery,” he said.
After 93 days in jail, Tuszynski's public defender came to him with an idea for getting out.
“She was like, 'Do you want to go home today? You have to plea,'” Tuszynski said.