A judge in Pennsylvania has ordered 4 robbers who needed translators to learn English in one year or get put in jail for two years.
WILKES-BARRE – Learn English or go to jail.
That’s the succinct directive Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. made as part of his sentence to four criminals on Tuesday.
The defendants – Luis Reyes, Ricardo Dominguez, Kelvin Reyes-Rosario and Rafael Guzman-Mateo – all needed translators when they appeared in court to plead guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery. It led to Olszewski leveling the unusual condition.
He sentenced them each to four to 24 months in the county prison, but paroled three of them because they have already served at least four months.
But in order for them to avoid the 24 months in prison, Olszewski ordered the men to learn to read and write the English language, earn their GED, and, within 30 days of release, get a full-time job while on parole. The defendants, who range in age from 17 to 22, are to return to court in one year with their parole officers to take an English test, according to Olszewski’s order.
“If they don’t pass, they’re going in for the 24 (months),” Olszewski said.
This is from the local newspaper.