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Bah, Humbug: Judge Sentences Ohio Woman To Spend Next Five Christmases In Prison

Do you wish there were more judges who had a little fun with their sentences? Well, meet Ohio judge Michael Holbrook, who does this kind of thing so often he has a reputation for issuing “Holbrook holidays” to people who appear before him in court. When a woman pled guilty to tampering with official records to help illegal immigrants, Holbrook gave her probation and ordered she pay a fine, but really stuck the knife in by ordering her to spend the next five Christmases in prison.

Betina Young pled guilty to five felony counts, and was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine. But it’s the Christmas sentence that got quite a bit of media attention this week.

[Holbrook] is known for issuing “Holbrook holidays” to give individual’s time to think about what the crimes they have committed. The “holiday” includes a minimum of three days in jail each December around Christmas while on probation, although Holbrook leaves the exact amount of jail time up to the probation department.

In 2009, Holbrook issued a similar sentence, only one of the people charged also got jail time during the 4th of July (a.k.a America’s Christmas).

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