A Miami, Florida judge recognized a former middle school classmate: He was a defendant in her courtroom in 2015. She shared a hug with the man when he was released from jail 10 months later (video below).
Arthur Booth, 49, was arrested on burglary charges and appeared in court before Miami-Dade judge Mindy Glazer on July 2, 2015, NBC Miami reported at the time. Sometime during the hearing, however, Glazer recognized Booth as a former classmate at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach, more than three decades earlier.
The judge is seen on video asking Booth, "Did you go to Nautilus for middle school?" to which the man responded, "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness."
"I'm sorry to see you there, I always wondered what happened to you sir," Glazer continued as Booth cried. "This was the nicest kid in middle school, he was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened."
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"What's sad is how old we've become," Glazer said during the emotional reunion. "Good luck to you sir, I hope you are able to come out of this ok and just lead a lawful life."
Booth had been facing charges of burglary, grand theft, fleeing, and resisting arrest stemming from a home burglary in July 2015, NBC Miami reported. He was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase, during which he caused two accidents before wrecking the car and attempting to flee on foot.
When the man was released from jail 10 months later on April 19, Glazer was there to greet him alongside his family, the Daily Mail reported.
Video of the meeting shows Booth smiling from ear to ear as he hugged all of his family members. He then moved on to Glazer, and the two shared a warm hug.
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"Take care of your family. Try to get a job. Stay clean," Glazer told Booth, according to the Daily Mail. "You're going to do something good for somebody else."
Booth was released from jail and sentenced to 10 years of probation for the 2015 burglary incident. Under the terms of his probation, he will not receive any additional jail time but will have to attend court-ordered drug treatment.
If he violates probation, he may be sent back to jail.
Booth and Glazer attended Nautilus Middle School in the 1970s, according to the Daily Mail. A promising student, Booth was selected for the prestigious school after receiving excellent grades at William J. Bryant Elementary School in North Miami.
Although Booth excelled academically at Nautilus and hoped for a successful career, the young man's life took a turn for the worse after he became addicted to cocaine in the 1980s. Since then, he has been in and out of jail on drug possession, theft, and burglary charges.
He was reportedly working for a construction company at the time of his latest arrest in July 2015.