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Weird News Man sentenced to jail for oversleeping and missing jury duty cleared by judge

06:05  08 october  2019
06:05  08 october  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Florida man Deandre Somerville, 21, was sentenced to 10 days in jail on September 23 because he overslept and missed his first day of jury duty on August 21 and Judge Kastrenakes voided his prior order of guilty, meaning Somerville's criminal record has been cleared , and reduced his probation.

The judge originally sentenced the man to 10 days behind bars, a year of probation, 150 hours of community service and a 3 fine before reducing his

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The defense can finally rest.

A Florida judge vacated a contempt of court conviction against the 21-year-old man he’d sentenced to 10 days in jail for sleeping through jury duty last month, according to CNN.

Judge John Kastrenake said he was swayed by a heartfelt letter Deandre Somerville read to the court Friday, apologizing for neglecting his civic duty without weighing the consequences.

According to Somerville, he made an “immature decision” by not showing up to jury duty and he was sorry.

“Before my hearing, I walked into the courtroom a free man with no criminal record,” Somerville read from that letter Friday. “I left a criminal in handcuffs.”

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Florida Judge Sentences Man to 10 Days in Jail After He Overslept , Missed Jury Duty . Somerville, who works at afterschool programs for the city of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department, received his first ever summons for jury duty over the summer.

Transcripts show Somerville apologized but the judge sentenced him to 10 days in jail . Somerville said all he could think about was his grandfather. The judge said in an explanation that the sentencing went forward because there was no good reason Somerville missed jury duty .

The case drew attention on social media where critics argued the judge, who also sentenced Somerville to 150 hours community service and $233 in fines, had come down too hard on a man who’d had no previous brushes with the law.

Many people also found it unfair that this incident would leave Somerville with a criminal record.

Character witnesses came to court with Somerville, telling Kastrenake the defendant was a good person who volunteers in his West Palm Beach community and looks after his disabled grandfather.

In vacating his decision Saturday, Kastrenake reportedly said he found Somerville’s apology “moving, sincere and heartfelt.”

The judge also felt the publicity that followed Somerville’s case achieved his goal of stressing the importance of civic duty and that there was no need to make an example out of the defendant.

“I know that he has been totally rehabilitated,”Kastrenake wrote in his decision.

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