'He has been the architect of his own downfall' - Family open up about man who wept in court
Published 10/07/2015 | 12:07
The family of a man who wept openly in court after being recognised by a judge has opened up as to why he was so emotional.
Arthur Booth (49) broke down in the courtroom after judge Mindy Glazer mentioned that they went to the same school together.
Asking Mr Booth if he had attended the same middle school she did, the man instantly recognises the judge and breaks into a huge smile as he spots his old pal.
However the happy moment is short lived as Mr Booth immediately breaks down and repeatedly cries “Oh, my goodness. Oh, my goodness.”
In the heartrending scene, judge Glazer expresses her dismay at his circumstances.
“I always used to wonder what happened to you, sir,' she tells him. “I'm sorry to see you here.”
Mr Booth covers his head and cries as Glazer tells the court, “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.
According the the MailOnline, Mr Booth wanted to be a neuro-surgeon, but ended up spending a lot of his adult life in prison with a lengthy criminal record.
The young offender ended up with a cocaine addiction, according to his cousin Melissa Miller.
"If it had not been for Arthur's addictions to gambling and drugs he would not be where he is," she told the Daily Mail Online.
"'That has been his downfall. He is not a violent person and has not hurt anyone but to feed his addictions he always needed money and it was easier to steal.
"He has been the architect of his own downfall and made a lot of mistakes."
Mr Booth is currently being held in Miami's Metro-West Detention centre. MS Miller has set up a crowd-funding page to help her cousin pay for legal help.
"Standing there and seeing his former school friend made him so remorseful. He knows that if he gets a second chance he has to do something with the rest of his life," she said.