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Criminal bursts into tears when judge recognizes him as former childhood classmate

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Two middle school classmates had a most unusual reunion in, of all places, a Florida criminal courtroom — and one of them was the judge.

Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer was presiding over bond court Tuesday when she asked Arthur Booth, a suspect facing burglary and grand theft charges, whether he had attended Nautilus Middle School, WJXT-TV reported.

“Oh, my goodness!” Booth repeatedly exclaimed as he put his head in his hands and started to cry.

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Glazer said Booth was the nicest kid in school, and expressed disappointment over his current situation.

“I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened,” she said. “I’m sorry to see this.”

Melissa Miller, Booth’s cousin, told WJXT she thought he felt remorse and shame when he saw his old classmate because it reminded him of his wasted potential.

“It just brought back memories of how smart he was. He was a scholar, a well-rounded athlete, bilingual,” she said.

Miller said Booth chose the path of drugs and crime over academics but that he is still a good father, grandfather and person.

“I was heartbroken — it just broke my heart. We’re really trying to find help, because there’s really a need for help,” Miller told WJXT.

Glazer wished Booth luck and said she hoped he would change his ways before she set his bond at $44,000.

Carmine Sabia


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