Man's Sentence: Write 'Boys Do Not Hit Girls' 5K Times

Pacer Anthony Ferguson also gets 6 months in jail ... and 8 years for 2nd crime

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2013 12:01 PM CST | Updated Dec 28, 2013 7:00 PM CST

(Newser) – It's a tale of two men out of Montana: One an infamous felon, one a rather infamous judge. Pacer Anthony Ferguson showed up twice in Yellowstone County District Court this week. One appearance was about an attempted robbery that took place at knife-point in a Walmart parking lot in 2003; he was released from prison for that crime, but the judge ruled he violated the terms of his release, and ordered him sent to Montana State Prison for eight years. The violation may have something to do, in part, with his second appearance, which was in front of District Judge G. Todd Baugh.

The Billings Gazette reports that Ferguson confessed in court to punching his girlfriend in the face while the two were fighting in August 2012; her injuries were so severe that a mesh titanium plate had to be permanently implanted in her face. For that, Baugh sentenced Ferguson to the max: 6 months in county jail. But then there was this twist: Ferguson was also ordered to write "Boys do not hit girls" 5,000 times. Gawker points out that you're likely familiar with Baugh and his "questionable ruling[s]," even if his name doesn't immediately ring a bell: He's the one who handed down a controversial 30-day sentence to a Montana teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student.

It might take a lot of pencil to write a line 5K times.
It might take a lot of pencil to write a line 5K times.   (Shutterstock)
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