24
Sep
09

Being a Sox Fan Used to Be a Prison Sentence


21085822_640X480Serving a ten-day sentence for interference with official acts and violation of a protective order, Randy Barker is more than just a convicted criminal, he’s a Red Sox fan.

Using the rare legal argument that Barker has “few pleasures” in his life besides baseball and that going to jail would interfere with his previously made plans to attend the Royals/Sox game, Barker’s attorney got the judge to temporarily release him.

Norman Barker, Randy’s dad, said that they had been planning the trip for 3 months and that he and his two sons hadn’t been able to see a game together in 25 years.

21091188_640X480Leaving the jail Wednesday afternoon in a Sox hat and uniform, he was expected back sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Because apparently, fuck it!

The honorable Judge Benny Waggoner said the request was “reasonable under the circumstances” before granting the release, telling the local TV station that he has “never done anything like this before.”

It appears he was swayed by Norman’s heartfelt confession: “[Randy’s] always been a Red Sox fan, The Red Sox got a knuckle ball pitcher. I have an 11-year-old grandson that plays baseball, pitches perfect knuckle ball and that’s why we’re going.”

Even some of Barker’s family were conflicted as to the judge’s decision. Lance Morris, presumably a relative of some sort told reporters that

His therapist has called me to say she has a duty to warn me that he told her he wanted to get a gun and shoot me. But he wants to go to a ballgame so they let him out. This is the third time he’s had a violation. This is the third time he’s had to go to jail. I guess if the judge feels that’s right that he needs special privileges then that’s what he’s going to get.

Go Sox!

[KCCI]


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