Judge: ‘If you have a drug problem, the last place you need to go is Electric Forest.’

April 8, 2019

Joshua Freitas with defense attorney Eric Fox.

Judge: ‘If you have a drug problem, the last place you need to go is Electric Forest.’


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 31-year-old Connecticut man was sentenced to six months in jail in 27th Circuit Court Monday, April 8, for a conviction of ecstasy/MDMA possession.

“I am very remorseful for what I did at Electric Forest. I went with friends and thought it was going to be a fun time listening to music,” Joshua Adam Freitas, of 264 Kettletown Rd., Southbury, told Judge Robert D. Springstead. Freitas acknowledged that he has a drug problem and is trying to “better himself.”

“You really need to look around at what’s going on in your life,” Springstead said. “I don’t think this was an isolated incident. If you have a drug problem, the last place you need to go is Electric Forest.”

The judge noted that Freitas has seven felony convictions and 14 misdemeanors involving crimes such as burglary, drugs, theft and forgery.

He was recently arrested by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office on felony charges of furnishing contraband to prisoners and prisoner possessing contraband. That case is pending.

Freitas’ attorney Eric Fox said his client returned to Michigan “to face the consequences of Electric Forest.”

Sentencing guidelines in the case are five to 23 months.

His sentence also includes a one-year driver’s license suspension with a restricted license after 60 days. He received credit for 57 days served in jail.

The gigantic Electric Forest Festival takes place annually at the end of June at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury where approximately 50,000 people from all over the US and other countries camp for several days to listen to music – mainly electronic dance music – and enjoy art and nature.

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