Teen who flipped off judge completes drug program - WHDH-TV 7News Boston

Teen who flipped off judge completes drug program

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Penelope Soto in court after completing drug program Penelope Soto in court after completing drug program

MIAMI (WSVN) -- After flipping off a judge in a video that went viral, Penelope Soto has redeemed herself.

The Florida teen completed a drug rehab program at the Miami-Dade Drug Court after she was arrested for Xanax possession.

In her infamous court appearance, on Feb. 4, 2013, the 18-year-old Soto could be seen laughing and mocking judge Rodriguez Chomat. After the judge ordered a bond of $5000, Soto walked away telling him, "Adios." Judge Chomat then raised her bond to $10,000.

"Are you serious?" she said, and then walked away, giving him the finger and telling him, "(expletive) you."

The judge then sentenced the teen to 30 days in the county jail.

The teen is now sober and was applauded by the court, Friday morning, for completing the drug program, passing all of her drug tests and apologizing for her behavior. Chomat said, "I felt that she was apologetic and deserved to be given a break."

In court, Soto said, "It's been a long journey, and I have learned a lot. I wouldn't have been able to do it without my higher power."

She had been previously self-medicating herself with Xanax and alcohol to help control her panic attacks and anxiety. She now goes to meetings twice a week and is working with a sponsor.

Judge Chomat is satisfied with Soto's progress. "I applaud her. I really applaud her. It's great news, and I'm really happy about it."

Neither Soto or Chomat want to see each other in court again. Soto's drug charges were dropped.


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