40-year-old Corey Wyatt was considered a hero by bystanders when he chased down a purse snatcher in a Boynton Beach, Florida, Publix in 2017. Now, he’s facing up to six months in jail. How does someone go from hero to facing jail time? Wyatt did not testify in court and was then arrested on contempt charges.
When prosecutors informed Wyatt that he needed to testify, he told them that he needed to attend a job interview. Thankfully, they were able to win the court case even without his testimony. Prosecutors had warned him that if he did not show up, they would be forced to charge him with contempt of court in the case, and he still did not show, leaving prosecutor’s with no choice but to follow through with their threat.
After Wyatt was convicted of contempt, Assistant State Attorney Luisa Berti asked the judge to send him to jail, claiming that they needed to make an example out of him. According to Berti, if they did not make him miss work and remind people that subpoenas to testify were not optional, “it would render the State Attorney’s Office subpoena power null and void.”
Luckily, the judge took pity on Wyatt as this was his first time ever being in trouble with the courts. She assigned him 50 hours of community service to complete before May 25, and said that if he did it and wrote an apology letter, she would consider dismissing the charges against him. This case is certainly making people rethink the old adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
This is a horrible story, and we know that sometimes we need a reminder of the good in the world at a time like this, so be sure to check out the video below!