By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida burglary suspect wept after the judge overseeing his bond hearing realized they had been childhood friends.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Mindy Glazer recognized 49-year-old Arthur Booth during a hearing Thursday.

Television news reports show Booth weeping as Glazer recalled playing together and said he had been “the best kid in middle school.”

Glazer said she hoped he would be able to “just lead a lawful life.” She said “what’s sad is how old we’ve become.”

Booth was held Friday on $43,000 bond on several charges of burglary and fleeing police. According to a police report, he had been seen leaving the scene of a burglary and failed to pull over during a traffic stop.

Miami-Dade County jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.

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