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Florida Man Oversleeps For Jury Duty, Sentenced To 10 Days In Jail

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Florida Man Oversleeps For Jury Duty, Sentenced To 10 Days In Jail

Florida Man Oversleeps For Jury Duty, Sentenced To 10 Days In Jail

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21-year-old Deandre Somerville was given 10 days in jail after he overslpet and missed jury duty.

Abc7 reports that a judge sentenced him to the jail time, plus one year of probation and 150 hours of community service after he failed to serve on a jury Aug. 21. He will also have a criminal record!

Somerville, works for an afterschool programs for the city of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department. He has never had any type of criminal complaint or record and said he received his first ever summons for jury duty over the summer.

Somerville said he was supposed to be thier at 9am but missed his alarm and woke up around 11 or 11:30 a.m. It didn’t occur to hijm to call the courthouse becauae he was on his way to his regular job.

“At work, I was looking on my phone thinking, ‘What’s the worst-case scenario that could happen?’ I thought maybe I would get a fine or something like that,” Somerville said.

Somerville lives with his grandparents and spends time looking after his grandpa. He was playing basketball when his grandmother answered the door to a police officer.

“My grandfather said, ‘Just go in and be honest,'” said Somerville. “I’ve never had a criminal background, never been arrested, never been in handcuffs. The most I’ve ever gotten was a traffic ticket so I was thinking it wouldn’t be that bad.”

Once in court, judge John Kastrenakes said that Somerville’s actions delayed the court by 45 minutes.

“They handcuffed me in the courtroom after that,” he adds that his time in jail wasn’t scary but he prayed every day and wrote in a notebook.

He is currently working with his lawyer to get his probation reduced.

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