Stranger gives defendant $983 in court

Defendant Receives Big Gift From Stranger
Defendant Receives Big Gift From Stranger

A Portland man was given another chance to do right thanks to a complete stranger.

Castor Conley reportedly bought a stolen car and sold it to someone else who then sold it to a scrap yard.

The District Attorney's Office was willing to offer a plea deal that would allow Castor to be sentenced with a misdemeanor instead of a felony for $983. Unfortunately, Castor, a married man with a 17-month-old child, didn't have the money.

According to the Oregonian, he already has one misdemeanor conviction on his record so a more serious felony charge might cost him his job and future employment opportunities.

Civil Attorney Colin Murphy heard about Castor's situation and decided to step in. He handed Castor's attorney a personal check for $983 without ever even meeting him. He told the Oregonian, "All of us sometime in our lives have done something we would rather not have done ... And the time will come when perhaps we are going to be held accountable. And I think at that point we would like to have somebody show us mercy."

Castor's attorney, who has been practicing law for 22 years, told ABC News, "I've never experienced anything like this, not for even a smaller amount."

He also said Conley was stunned by the kind act and even teared up in court over it.

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