It sounds like there was a break down in communication between the two of you. However, I do not believe that what you are describing arises to the level of a manifest injustice based upon the following information:
Restitution is usually designated as a very high dollar amount because this is to be dealt with at a later date and the state does not want to limit the victim's ability to obtain all out of pocket expenses associated with the crimes. Your attorney should have thoroughly explained this but probably glossed over it with the idea that the restitution amount was not set in stone and was to be determined at a later date.
It is very unlikely that the public defender changed your sentence. You explained that you specifically signed for two two-year probation terms. This is impossible and an illegal plea agreement. The amount of probation is left in the sole discretion of the judge.
Either way, the only way to truly evaluate your current situation would be to review the actual plea agreements, the minute entries, and the entire files associated with the cases.
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It sounds like a situation full of confusion and distrust. The first thing you should do is contact your public defender and have him explain everything to you. If you still feel that an error occurred, then bring your file to some experienced criminal defense lawyers for review. Good luck!
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