For some judges, justice is best served unconventionally.
Check out the bizarre and unusual sentences that judges have ordered these individuals for their crimes:
1. Drunk driver gets one week in jail for next 9 years
Travis Elwell of Mesquite, Texas was speeding and had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he smashed his BMW into the Lexus of Emily Javadi’s, 34, sending her into a metal pole. She died an hour later.
A judge ordered Elwell to spend one week in jail on the anniversary of Javadi’s death for the next nine years as a reminder of the crime he committed.
2. Vandals spend a day with a donkey
In 2003, Jessica Lange and Brian Patrick admitted to vandalizing a baby Jesus statue in an Ohio church’s outdoor nativity scene on Christmas Eve.
As punishment, the pair of vandals were ordered to walk through the streets of Fairport Harbor for 30 minutes with a donkey carrying a sign that said, “Sorry for the jackass offense.”
They also had to replace the baby Jesus statue.
3. Rap fan forced to listen to classical music
An Ohio judge offered to reduce Andrew Vactor’s $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in 2008 if he spent 20 hours listening to works of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.
The idea was that Vactor should be forced to listen to music he might not like, just as how other people had to listen to his. “I think a lot of people don’t like to be forced to listen to music,” Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott said.
It turns out Vactor couldn’t face the music. He got through about 15 minutes of listening before deciding to pay the fee instead so he could attend basketball practice.
4. Ordered to cut off her ponytail
13-year-old, Kaytlen Lopan was at a McDonalds in 2012 when she and a friend cruelly decided to buy a pair of scissors at a nearby dollar store and cut the hair off a toddler they saw inside the fast food joint.
To get the number of community service hours the judge originally ordered reduced, Lopan’s mother agreed to this: She would have to cut her daughter’s own hair off in the courtroom.
Consulting the victim’s mother about how short it should be, the judge eventually decided it should be cut to the level where the hairband was holding the hair together.
After the court-session hack job, the judge said, “It was not really unattractive. They tried to make it decent, but there was really nothing left.”
5. 5 Christmases in jail
Judge Michael J. Holbrook of Ohio is known for giving “Holbrook holidays” to people who need to think about their crimes.
In 2013, Betina Young was found guilty of five felony counts of tampering with records to help people enter the country illegally.
In addition to 5 years of probation and a $3000 fine, Young was also ordered to spend the next five Christmases in jail for a minimum of three days.
6. Ordered to hold embarrassing “idiot” sign
After Shena Hardin of Ohio failed to stop for a school bus, a judge turned to public shaming to teach the woman a lesson.
Hardin was forced to stand on a corner during rush hour on two days and hold a sign that read: “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
7. Drunk driver forced to carry coffin photo
Jennifer Langston plead guilty in 2004 after she killed teacher, Glenn Clark in a head-on collision while driving under the influence.
As punishment, the judge ordered Langston to carry around a photo of Clark in a coffin during her five years of probation.
What do you think of these weird criminal sentences? Do the punishments fit the crimes?