Missouri man walks off sentence for drug possession

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 9:50 p.m. CDT

SAVANNAH, Mo. — A 22-year-old man made a bit of a spectacle of himself in a northwest Missouri courthouse square, but that was the price for getting a misdemeanor drug charge off his record.

KQTV reported 22-year-old Jesse Tapia spent four hours walking around the square in Savannah on Tuesday wearing a sign that read, "I smoked dope." He was facing another four-hour march on Wednesday.

Tapia told the station it was part of his sentence for a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana. He says he and his attorney came up with the idea, and an Andrew County judge went along.

Court records show the judge gave Tapia a suspended sentence, along with conditions that include the public admission of the offense.

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