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Vratil says she wants to consider the deal and can't guarantee she'll accept it. Herd says he wants Shorty to get the counseling she needs. He also wants to get treatment. "I just want a chance to rehabilitate myself," Herd says.
Martin, the prosecutor, then reads Herd's crimes to the courtroom. Herd lowers his head. Kindra Herd stares, stone-faced, at her husband's back. Vratil asks Herd if he disputes any of the government's facts.
"No, your honor," he says.
"How did you get the victim to go with you?" Vratil asks.
Herd claims that Shorty knew what she was going to do. "She didn't know about the video camera," he says.
Vratil asks Herd if he ever threatened Shorty's life. He looks around the courtroom, confused. Vratil says Shorty mentioned the threats in a letter to the court. "I have no excuse for why it started or why it happened," Herd says.
Finally, Herd picks up a pen and signs the plea petition. Just before court adjourns, Vratil tells prosecutors to come to the yet-unscheduled sentencing hearing ready "to impress the court."
Looking somber, Herd shuffles out of the courtroom in chains. He cocks his head to one side to look at his wife, who stands without expression behind the wooden partition.
With Vratil considering Jesse Herd's fate, Shorty looks relieved that she won't have to testify at trial. "Well, that was somewhat smooth," she says while walking out of the courtroom. One of the bikers, she says, had to restrain her while her stepfather spoke.
They offer to take her to lunch. They walk out, Shorty surrounded by the clan of bikers.