Ohio judge sentences woman to walk 30 miles for stiffing taxi driver

June 2nd, 2015 by Staff

Bascom, 18, was in court because she stiffed a taxi driver on a ride from Cleveland to Painesville.


(WKYC.COM) PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Judge Michael Cicconetti has made headlines in the past for sentencing defendants to do everything from spending a night in the woods to holding up signs on the street corner.

Thursday’s sentences were just as unusual.

Option number one for Victoria Bascom, 18, is 30 days in jail for stiffing a taxi driver on a ride from Cleveland to Painesville. But lucky or unlucky for her, Judge Michael Cicconetti gave her option number 2.

“What would you do if you didn’t have a cab?” he asked Bascom.
“Walk,” Bascom responded.
“So I think it’s only appropriate that you walk 30 miles,” said Cicconetti.

If you think that sentence is far-fetched, you won’t believe your eyes when you see what happened to Diamond Gaston, 20.

After spraying a person with mace at Burger King, Gaston also got two options.

“He said either 30 days in jail or take a shot of mace to your face and I said I will just opt for the mace,” said Gaston.

But even the unusual judge Cicconetti knew he couldn’t make his punishment sting that much. The can had no mace, just water.

“I think it was the anticipation, the fear of it,” said Cicconetti. “Knowing or believing it was going to be pepper spray was enough to say ok.”

“He’s like ‘Oh it’s water’ and I’m like ‘Oh okay, that’s a relief’,” said Gaston.

“Nothing illegal,” said Cicconetti. “I wouldn’t do anything illegal. Will there be maybe some public feedback or whatever? I don’t care I do whatever I think is right. I do whatever I think will prevent a person from coming back in the courts again. Yeah it’s a little different. It’s a little unique, but maybe we just need that a little bit in the judicial system.”

Judge Cicconetti says about 90% of the unusual sentences have been successful where the defendants don’t come back, which he can’t say for those he sentences to jail.


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