Judge has change of heart after handing down 60-year sentence


HAD BEEN STAYING IN THE HOUSE TEMPORARILY. Calvin: NOW TO A FOLLOW-UP ON A BOB BOB INVESTIGATION OF A SO-CALLED YOUTH OF OFFEND FACING A CONTROVERSIAL 60-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR VIOLATING HIS PROBATION BUT A BOB NORMAN REPORTS TODAY THE JUDGE WHO HANDED OUT THE SENTENCE HAD A DRAMATIC CHANGE OF HEART. 66. I WOULD ASK YOU TO PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Bob: ANOTHER CHANCE. THAT’S WHAT 23-YEAR-OLD HER BETTY SMITH WANTED, FOR THE JUDGE TO RECONSIDER HIS 60-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE, 47 MORE YEARS THAN EVEN THE PROSECUTOR HAD ASKED FOR, PROMPTING A PETITION THAT GATHERED 20,000 SUPPORTERS FOR SMITH. HE’S A BURGLAR. HE’S A ROBBER. THERE’S TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF EVIDENCE SPORTING IT. Bob: THE PROSECUTOR POINTED THAT DES ENTRY GAVE OMAHA BREAK TWO YEARS AGO WHEN HE SENDS HIM TO JUST TWO YEARS IN PRISON AS A YOUTHFUL OFFEND ON CONVICTION OF HOME BURGLARIES AND A STRONG-ARM ROBBERY BUT AFTER SURFING HIS TIME SHEATH SMITH FAILED THE DESH HE HAD A. I’M HERE TO SAY THAT 60 YEARS JUST DOES NOT SEEM FAIR AND REASONABLE. Bob: PASTOR ALLEN JACKSON WHO HAS NEVER MET SMITH PROTESTED THE SENTENCE AND PROMISED IF THE JUDGE GAVE HUM THAT CHANCE HIS CHURCH WOULD MENTOR HIM. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SAVE WITH YOU HERBERT SMITH, FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. CLEARLY WERE YOU STILL OUT THERE LEADING THE THUG LIFE. Bob: THEN HE MENTIONED THE PASTOR. GOOD PEOPLE. THEY WANT TO FIND A JOB, HERBERT SMITH. THEY WANT TO KEEP YOU OUT OF TROUBLE AND AWAY FROM BAD INFLUENCES. BOSTON THEN DES ENTRY DROPPED THE BOMBSHELL. I HAVE DECIDED TO SUSPEND YOUR SENTENCE OF 60 YEARS. Bob: HE GAVE SMITH THAT CHANCE, ALONG WITH 50 MORE YEARS PROBATION. MORE SMITH, YOU HAVE BECOME A SYMBOL OF A YOUNG MAN AT A CROSSROADS. WHICH PATH WILL YOU CHOOSE? BOTTOM OF THE YOU MIGHT SAY THAT HERBERT SMITH GOT THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT HE COULD EVER IMAGINE TODAY BUT THE JUDGE WAS VERY CLEAR. IF HE GOES OFF THAT PATH, HE’S GOING BACK TO PRISON FOR 60 YEARS. IN FORT LAUDERDALE, I’M BOB NORMAN, LOCAL10 NEWS. Calvin: HIS LUCKY DAY. THE PASTOR ALLEN JACKSON PROMISED THE JUDGE HE WOULD HELP

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