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Burglary Suspect Weeps In Court When He Realizes The Judge Was His Classmate

Arthur Booth, 49, and Judge Mindy Glazer had an emotional reunion during a hearing in Miami.

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A suspected burglar in Miami had a surprising middle school reunion on Thursday when he discovered the judge presiding over his bond hearing was an old middle school classmate.

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Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer was wrapping up proceedings at a bond hearing for 49-year-old Arthur Booth, when she asked him: "Did you got to Nautilus for middle school?"

Judge Glazer responded, "I'm sorry to see you there. I always wondered what happened to you, sir."

Booth continued to say "oh my goodness," with his head in his hands, as Glazer added: "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. I'm so sorry to see you there."

"Mr. Booth, I hope you're able to change your ways. Good luck to you." She added, "What's sad is how old we've become."

As Booth wiped the tears from his eyes, she concluded: "Good luck to you, sir. I hope you're able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life."

Booth was allegedly seen leaving the scene of a burglary in Hialeah on June 29, and police said he failed to pull over for a traffic stop, WSVN reported.

The police report for the incident said: "Mr. Booth drove his vehicle onto the median and drove onto the oncoming traffic lanes. Mr. Booth then bailed from his vehicle."

His bond was set at $43,000 for a handful of charges, according to WSVN. An online database shows burglary was one of the charges against him.

Francis Whittaker is a homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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