A Florida man burst into tears when he discovered the judge at his bond hearing was a middle school classmate, video of the emotional reunion shows.
Arthur Booth, 49, appeared in court Thursday after police said he broke into a home, stole a car and fled from authorities, NBC Miami reported. He caused two accidents before crashing the Honda Accord and being arrested Monday, police said.
Shuffling papers, Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer said, "I have a question for you — did you go to Nautilus (middle school)?"
Booth clapped his hand to his face. "Oh my goodness!" he said with a smile that soon turned to tears.
"I'm sorry to see you here. I always wondered what happened to you," Glazer said as Booth cried.
Judge Mindy Glazer, left, recognized that Arthur Booth was her former classmate at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach.
Arthur Booth, right, began crying as Judge Mindy Glazer said she hopes he turns his life around.
Arthur Booth wiped his eyes as Judge Mindy Glazer spoke.
"This was the nicest kid in middle school. He was the best kid," Glazer said, reminiscing on their time at the Miami Beach school. "I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened."
As Booth, overwhelmed with emotion, shouted "Oh my goodness!" seven times, Glazer said she hoped he turns his life around.
"Good luck to you sir," she said. "I hope you are able to come out of this okay and just lead a lawful life."
Glazer set his bond at $43,000, drawing their brief interaction to a close. Booth remains in jail.
Source: New York Daily News