Occasionally you may run into someone from school while out shopping or visiting your old neighborhood but this accused thief was in for a surprise.
While appearing at a bond hearing, Judge Mindy Glazer recognised the defendant Arthur Booth as an old middle school classmate.
She first asked if he went to a nearby school and then it clicked for Booth, who then became overcome with emotion.
“This was the nicest kid in middle school,” the judge said.
“He was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened.”
Meanwhile Booth sat across from Glazer and continuously repeated “oh my goodness, oh my goodness” as he wept at the realisation of how much his life hada changed.
Thankfully Glazer will not be the judge appointed for the remainder of Booth’s case.
She signed off by saying, “Good luck to you, sir,” she said. “I hope you’re able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life.”
But Booth will hold this bittersweet moment in his heart for a long time.