MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) For want of a mum his freedom was lost.
All David Alan Waters had to do to stay out of jail was plant 10 chrysanthemums in the Bartlett yard of Minnie Becton, the 99-year-old woman whose home he had vandalized in January.
Waters pleaded guilty on Sept. 22 to vandalism over $1,000, a felony, for throwing large rocks through the windows and doors of Becton's home, smashing her car windshield and gouging her yard with tire tracks.
Waters was given a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation, provided he spiff up the yard by planting the flowers, among other provisions.
Somebody planted the flowers. Waters says he did it. In fact, he says he planted 12 of them.
Becton claims it was somebody else.
There is no reason for a 99-year-old woman in a wheelchair to lie about who she saw on her property, Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett said in revoking Waters' probation. This is an issue of credibility. Who has reason to lie? Mrs. Becton doesn't.