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.