Imagine that you’re in an orange jumpsuit standing before a judge and it turns out that you played with her as a kid in middle school.
Judge Mindy Glazer was presiding over Arthur Booth’s bond hearing Tuesday when she asked him if he went to Nautilus Middle School. Booth exclaimed “Oh, my goodness” in surprise and even had a smile on his face, but that smile was soon washed away by tears.
“I’m sorry to see you here. I always wondered what happened to you, sir,” Judge Glazer said as Booth continued crying. ”This is the nicest kid in middle school. He was the best kid in middle school and look what has happened.”
Local 10 reported that Booth is both a father and a grandfather; and his cousin, Melissa Miller, explained that his tears stemmed from the shame of potential wasted.
“It just brought back memories of how smart he was,” Miller said. “He was a scholar, well-rounded athlete, bilingual.”
“I was heartbroken. I mean, it just broke my heart,” she added. “We’re really trying to find help because there’s obviously a need for help.”
Booth faces burglary and grand theft charges. His bond was set at $44,000.
Before the two former classmates parted ways, Judge Glazer urged Booth to change.
“Good luck to you, sir. I hope you’re able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life,” she said.