On September 13, 2012, Antonio Duane Brown was sentenced to a minimum of one-and-a-half to five years in prison in Kent County, Michigan. He was convicted of fleeing and eluding a police officer.
Just hours after his sentencing, however, a female guard was unlocking the prison’s system to let Antonio’s fellow inmate, Willie Williams, out of his cell to retrieve a roll of toilet paper. He was supposed to grab the roll and promptly return to his cell, where the door would lock behind him. But instead of going back to his cell, Williams snuck behind a pillar and attacked the guard on duty.
Williams knocked the radio from the guard’s hand, then proceeded to beat and choke her into unconsciousness. But as fate would have it, he pressed a number of buttons during the attack, which opened up other, surrounding cells.
That’s when six or seven inmates ran out of their cells… to help the officer.
Antonio, who was 31 at the time, was one of the first inmates to respond to the attack. He physically pulled Williams off the correctional officer, likely saving her life.
In the wake of the shocking incident, Kent County Circuit Judge Mark Trusock called Antonio back into the courtroom for an unprecedented reason.
Judge Trusock addressed Antonio, saying, “You intervened at your own peril and pulled that individual off of her, probably saved her life, and protected her from him attacking her again.”
Watch the video below to see how Antonio’s good deed ultimately outweighed his wrongdoings.
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