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Judge Reduces Deandre Somerville’s Probation and Community Service After Handing Jail Sentence to Juror Who Overslept

A decide has diminished the probation and group service phrases of Deandre Somerville, having beforehand handed the 21-year-old a 10-day jail sentence and a yr on probation for oversleeping and lacking jury obligation.

Judge John Kastrenakes, of the 15th circuit courtroom of Florida, sentenced the person from West Palm Beach to 10 days behind bars, adopted by a yr on probation and 150 hours of group service, after he failed to indicate up for jury obligation on time in August, WPTV reported.

Somerville was additionally sentenced to write down an apology letter and pay charges of $233 after Kastrenakes informed the courtroom that the 21-year-old oversleeping delayed the trial by 45 minutes.

But on Friday the circuit courtroom decide diminished Somerville’s sentence phrases, CNN reported, including that new situations will see the younger man serve three months of probation and solely 30 hours of group service. He will even have to present a 10-minute discuss on jury obligation each week.

The Associated Press reported on Saturday that the circuit courtroom decide may even drop Somerville’s contempt of courtroom conviction if his probation situations are met.

Judge Kastrenakes’ resolution to scale back Somerville’s probation and group service got here after the younger man served 10 days behind bars.

At his enchantment listening to on Friday, household and buddies famous that Somerville assisted with the care of his grandfather and volunteered in the neighborhood, in line with CNN.

“It hurts, but it’s a lesson learned. It could have been worse. He could have given me 365 days in jail,” Somerville informed WPTV forward of his enchantment listening to final Friday.

Recounting what he informed the decide at his preliminary trial for contempt of courtroom, the 21-year-old mentioned: “I just said: ‘Sir, honestly I overslept, and I didn’t understand the seriousness of this.’ He asked me if I had a criminal record. I said, ‘Sir, I’ve never been arrested.'”

The decide’s resolution to scale back the phrases of Somerville’s probation and group service on Friday got here after backlash in opposition to his sentence on social media.

Kristen Clarke, the president and government director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, tweeted: “This is NOT a productive way to encourage people to respect civic service.”

CNN Host S.E. Cupp additionally linked to a chunk on the sentencing and gave the decide’s resolution a thumbs down whereas the City of Detroit’s Director of Arts & Culture Rochelle Riley mentioned: “This is ridiculous and is not an incentive to not miss jury duty. It should be an incentive to remove this judge from the bench.”

A Change.org petition calling for Judge Kastrenakes to be punished for the “overkill” sentencing of Somerville has acquired 4,107 signatures of a 5,000 goal on the time of writing.

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