The Miami Judge was the first to recognize Arthur Booth as he took the stand. The two had been classmates in middle school and even played football together.
Arthur Booth, 49, was in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for a bond hearing Thursday when the judge recognized him as a former middle-school classmate, triggering a tearful outburst from the defendant.
Booth, a burglary suspect, appeared before Florida judge Mindy Glazer, who at the end of the proceedings asked him whether he had attended a nearby middle school, the Post writes, citing a report at WSVN News. Booth was arrested Wednesday in connection with a June 29 burglary.
“Oh my goodness, oh my goodness,” Booth said, bursting into tears as the judge reminisced about their childhood, the report says.
“This was the nicest kid in middle school,” the judge said, according to KFOR-TV. “He was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened.”
Booth’s cousin Melissa Miller told WPLG-TV that she believes Booth cried because he was ashamed, the Post notes.
Glazer, who set bond at $43,000, said she hopes Booth will turn his life around, the report says.