A Miami-Dade County judge and defendant may have sat on opposite sides of the bench from one another, but their stories have a similar beginning.

While presiding over bond court on Tuesday, Judge Mindy Glazer looked at suspect Arthur Booth, who is facing multiple charges like burglary and grand theft, and recognized his face.

Glazer asked the defendant if they had been classmates at Nautilus Middle School, reported WPLG Local 10 News.

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Booth almost immediately burst into tears upon recognizing the judge.

"I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened. I'm so sorry to see this," said Glazer.

Booth's cousin Melissa Miller supposed that he was filled with shame and remorse upon recognizing Glazer and realized how he had failed to reach his full potential.

According to Miller, Booth was a good student and athlete, but instead of going to college, fell into the wrong crowd and took up a life of drugs and crime. She said that, regardless of his criminal history, Booth remains a loving father and grandfather.

"Good luck to you, sir. I hope you're able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life," Glazer said to Booth.

Her well wishes and the emotional reunion did not stop Glazer from dispensing justice and set Booth's bond at $44,000.