A South Florida judge had a heartwarming reunion Tuesday with a former inmate who appeared before her to face burglary charges nearly a year ago.
Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer and convict Arthur Booth shot to fame last year after Glazer identified Booth as her middle school classmate. The video of their emotional interaction, which showed the judge telling the court how she used to play football with the man while he stood in front of her and wept, was viewed millions of times around the world.
“Did you go to Nautilus for middle school?” Glazer had asked the defendant.
“Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness,” was all Booth could say.
On Tuesday, Glazer was on hand to greet Booth with a hug and a big smile as he was released from jail after nearly 10 months.
“Take care of your family. Try to get a job. Stay clean,” the judge told the 45-year-old. “You're going to do something good for somebody else.”
As a part of the plea deal, Booth was sentenced to 10 years of probation, according to NBC Miami. Although he will not serve any additional jail time, he will have to enroll in a drug treatment program, a violation of which could send him back to prison.
“She's an inspiration and a motivation to me right now. Mindy is incredible," Booth told local media. “'Cause I know where I could've been, but I'm not giving up on life. It's just a new lease on life for me right now.”
“He had a good judge who wanted to give him a chance,” Glazer added. “This is a group effort to see you succeed. Don't let us down.”
Watch their happy reunion in the video below: