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Teen to Walk 30 Miles as Sentence for Stiffing Cabbie

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 02:04 PM

An Ohio teen was sentenced to walk 30 miles by eccentric Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti after she and a friend stiffed a cab driver for a $100 ride.

Fox 28 Columbus reported that Victoria Bascom, 19, spent Friday walking around the Lake County Fairgrounds with a GPS-enabled ankle monitor to complete the sentence. The judge originally gave her a choice between the 30-mile walk or 30 days in jail, and she chose the former.

"I've never been to jail and I don't want to go to jail," Bascom told WEWS as she walked out her sentence.

The teen found guilty of theft was told to walk 30 miles because it was the distance of the cab ride from Cleveland to Painesville.

"I’m kind of upset about this sentence, you know, 'cause I’m thinking I was going to go in and just have to pay a fine — I guess only a $100 or whatever," Bascom said. "I almost ended up getting jail time, so I guess I’m kind of lucky he gave me this option."

In addition to the perambulatory sentence, Bascom will, in fact, have to pay the fare she skipped out on, as well as spend the next four months on probation.

"Poor guy, they're mostly on contract so he's out 100 bucks," Cicconetti said when he stopped by the fairgrounds to check up on Bascom.

"I typically use these creative alternative sentences for younger people who are more impressionable, at least somewhat remorseful and are usually first-time offenders," he explained. "The philosophy behind it that whatever punishment they choose it's going to prevent them from coming back to court on another charge."

In the past, Cicconetti has ordered a noise-violating teen to sit in silence, had a man who called cops "pigs" hang out with real pigs, and had a woman who abandoned kittens in the woods spend a night there herself.

In a seeming eye-for-an-eye type of sentence, Cicconetti recently had a pepper-spray assailant volunteer to be sprayed back by the victim. When the spray can was loaded up, however, Cicconetti made sure it was filled with water instead of pepper spray — just to give the criminal a good scare.

Some have questioned if Cicconetti's sentences violate the Eighth Amendment's protection against "cruel and unusual" punishment.





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