Court helps wounded vet find redemption after DWI charge

Court helps wounded vet find redemption after DWI charge

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A wounded veteran who was facing time behind bars for a DWI was brought to tears in the Gaston County Courthouse when he received a gift weeks after facing a judge.

Defense attorney Brent Ratchford was in the courtroom on Oct. 15 working another case when he heard the decorated vet’s heartfelt apology to the judge.

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“Started to pour out his heart,” Ratchford said.

“He was someone I saw needed to be lifted up,” said Craig Collins, district court judge.

Ratchford decided to raise money to pay for the tools to get the vet back to work. They presented the veteran with a check outside of the courthouse for $1,000.

In the video at the top of this webpage, reporter Ken Lemon was inside the courtroom Friday for the emotional reunion.

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