A New Mexico judge gave a first-time offender the tongue-lashing of a lifetime during a sentencing hearing, saying the man would be someone’s “b****” if he were ever sent to prison.
When Isaiah Gay, 20, went before Bernalillo County District Court Judge Christina Argyres Tuesday to be sentenced for burglaries he committed when he was 18 years old, he was asked what he thought could happen to him in jail.
Gay responded: “I would probably get beat up, I guess. I probably—“
“You would probably be raped every day, number one,” Argyres interrupted, according to court transcripts first obtained by KOB. “You probably would be beat up every other day. And I hate to sound like that, you know, rude, but that’s exactly what would happen to you. You’re a young guy, and the trauma that that would cause you, you’ll never get that out of your head.”
Facing a 15-year sentence for his string of burglaries, Gay said he would never commit another crime.
“I made a mistake, yes, I did a crime, but is it going to happen again? No, ma’am, it’s not,” Gay said. “Am I ever going to hurt anybody again? No, ma’am. I really hope not.”
Argyres likened Gay’s crimes to what he would likely face if he were sent to prison.
“To me, the issue with residential burglary, again, it’s almost like a rape, because it is such an invasion and such an intrusion on somebody’s life and their property,” she said.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of people that would like to see you get what’s coming to you… Let him go to prison. Let him see what it’s like. Let him have somebody do something to him and see how he feels,’” she continued.
But Argyres said she did not want Gay to go through that experience and sentenced him to five years’ probation and to pay restitution for what he stole.
“You know, State, with regards to, do we send him to prison? Again, he’s going to be somebody’s— I hate to use the word ‘b****,’ but that’s exactly what he’s going to be, and I don’t want to destroy Mr. Gay’s life,” she said. “He’s already going to be a convicted felon.”
If Gay violates his probation, he will be sent to jail, Argyres said.
“All probation violations will come back to me, and I will certainly remember the 15 years hanging over your head,” she said. “I’m willing to give you a chance. You blow it, it’s on you, not on me. Fair enough?”
“Yes, your honor. Thank you, very much, he replied.