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Woman jailed for slamming door

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sonnia Gaston came to Virginia Beach’s courthouse on Wednesday to testify in support of her boyfriend.

Instead, she ended up in jail.

Gaston’s boyfriend, Tyrese Lavell McEachern, had been called to court for violating his probation on a felony theft conviction by testing positive for drugs, according to testimony. He had also yelled and cursed at his probation officer over the phone before hanging up.

Circuit Judge Stephen Mahan seemed particularly offended with how the 20-year-old had treated his probation officer. He sentenced McEachern to 90 days in jail.

After McEachern was led away, Gaston and another witness stormed out of the courtroom and Gaston slammed one of the double wooden doors on her way out.

The judge asked a court employee to chase after the two witnesses, but the employee failed to catch up to them.

Then, a short time later, Gaston returned to the courtroom to pick up a binder that had been left behind.

That’s when Mahan called her to the defense table to explain her behavior.

“I was mad,” the 18-year-old said, offering no apology for her actions.

But it didn’t end there.

Mahan found her in contempt of court and sent her to jail for 10 days.

Gaston briefly started to protest before being quietly led away in handcuffs.

–Tribune News Service

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