WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A man deemed a Good Samaritan for chasing down a purse-snatcher has been convicted of contempt for failing to testify in the case.

The Palm Beach Post reports 40-year-old Corey Wyatt was convicted Thursday after prosecutor Luisa Berti said he put other priorities over testifying.

Berti said Wyatt told her before the other man’s theft trial in October that he was reluctant to testify. She warned Wyatt that he could be held in contempt.

That other man was convicted of theft even without Wyatt’s testimony.

Still, Berti asked for jail time in Wyatt’s contempt case to show that court summonses aren’t optional.

Wyatt was instead sentenced to 50 hours of community service and must write an apology letter. His attorney, James Volpi, said the case showed “no good deed goes unpunished.”


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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