People say that everything happens for a reason. But it is hard to believe this saying when bad things happen to you for no reason. Not for Deandre Somerville of West Palm Beach, Florida. This man thinks so even when going through a rough patch.
10 Days In Jail For A Juror
Recently, Somerville was handed a jail sentence of 10 days. And the reason? Missing Jury duty. It does seem awful hard for a one-time small offense. But Judge John Kastrenakes was adamant. He wanted to instill in Somerville and others that being on jury meant relentless dedication. In his own words, Jury duty “is serious business deserving of attention, respect, and adherence to their oaths.”
A Man Of Faith
But even after what still seems like an unfair judgment, Somerville is optimistic. He believes that God was teaching him a lesson. And when asked what, he replied that he realized that jail is a place he should never visit. Uh, as if that wasn’t completely clear from the start.
Interviewed by Lynn Smith on ‘On The Story,’ he recalls his ten days in the slammer. He witnessed his cellmate have a seizure as well as some violent fights. However, the thing scared him the most was out of prison matters. Somerville revealed that after his sentence, he immediately started worrying about his grandfather.
His grandpa is unfortunately disabled, which means he always needs a caretaker around him. And now that he would be unable to help him, he felt guilty and worried. All this fuss just for oversleeping! Yes, the reason the 21-year-old couldn’t appear for trial last month was because of oversleeping. Adding insult to the injury, he didn’t call to inform the court about his mistake.
Sincere Letter Touches Judge Kastrenakes
But he did write an apology letter after his sentence. This heartfelt letter touched the Judge, and he rescinded the sentence of probation. In the ruling on Saturday, the Judge stated that he did so because he felt the young man had learned his lesson. So, now Somerville has a clean record again, and Judge Kastrenakes made his point. There won’t be any jurors in his court missing jury duty anytime soon.