A judge who recognized a former middle school classmate in her courtroom reunited with him after he was released from prison.

Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer recognized Arthur Booth last summer when he appeared in her courtroom on burglary charges. “Did you go to Nautilus for middle school?” she asked him before he promptly burst into tears.

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“This was the nicest kid in middle school, he was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened,” she said, according to NBC Miami.

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Booth then spent 10 months in jail before he was released on Tuesday into a drug treatment program as part of a guilty plea, and Glazer and Booth were reunited upon his release. Glazer has been encouraging Booth to stay on the right side of the law and was waiting for him when he came out.

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“She’s an inspiration and a motivation to me right now. Mindy is incredible,” Booth told CBS Miami. “Cause I know where I could’ve been, but I’m not giving up on life.”