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Criminal unaware that his phone calls were recorded, receives harsh sentence

Prisoner in handcuffs clenching fists in the court room

Mike Opelka shares the story of a "stupid" criminal whose profane jailhouse phone calls insulting the judge and the victim’s family likely lead to him receiving a harsh sentence.

Judge Michael Koury ordered Royce Atkins to serve 4-10 years in prison for failing to stop and help a 9-year-old boy after a car Atkins was driving stuck and killed the child.

The 23-year-old Atkins was hoping his courtroom apology to the family would help him avoid a stiff sentence. And, it might have worked…until the judge heard jailhouse recordings of phone calls made by the accused to friends and family members.

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays 7–10pm ET & Saturdays 6–9am ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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