Man Who Yelled at Judge During Father's Sentencing Freed After Apology

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    Willie Craft, who is 59, was sentenced to three and a half years for reckless homicide.

    An Urbana man sentenced to six months in jail for yelling profanities at a judge has been released early after writing him another letter of apology.

    The News-Gazette reports that 30-year-old Willie Craft Jr. was released Thursday after serving 50 days in the Champaign County Jail for direct criminal contempt of court.

    Craft's latest letter to Judge Richard Klaus said he had "utmost respect" for him, adding that he was in a "dark place" at the time of his outburst during a July 9 hearing for Craft's father.

    Klaus had sentenced the man's father to three and a half years in prison after he drove his truck into 20-year-old Mimi Liu of Chicago in October 2013 as she walked to class. Another student was injured.

    The elder Craft reportedly suffered extremely low blood sugar because of diabetes.

    After the sentencing, the younger craft then yelled profanities at the judge.