Pepper Spray or Prison: Another creative sentence from Judge Michael Cicconetti

RAW: Woman agrees to be pepper sprayed as part of unusual sentence
Painesville Judge Michael Cicconetti is known for his creative and unusual sentences. (Source: WOIO)
Painesville Judge Michael Cicconetti is known for his creative and unusual sentences. (Source: WOIO)
Because Diamond Gaston had a clean record and apologized, she will only do three days community work service. (Source: WOIO)
Because Diamond Gaston had a clean record and apologized, she will only do three days community work service. (Source: WOIO)

PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - A woman who pepper sprayed a Burger King worker faced a judge known for his unusual sentences on Thursday.

"It hurt. It burned. It stung. It was scary at first because I didn't think I was gonna get my eyesight back," said worker Frantz Rolles.

Painesville Judge Michael Cicconetti warned Diamond Gaston, who was charged with assault:

"You understand that this is a criminal offense, an assault. I could put you in jail for six months."

Known for his creative sentencing, he gave Gaston a choice of 30 days in prison, or get pepper sprayed like her victim.

"I'll allow Mr. Rolles to have his vengeance and that is to give you a shot of pepper spray," said Cicconetti.

Gaston chose 30 days.

The judge told her to think about it and after a moment, she chose pepper spray.

What Gaston didn't know was the pepper spray canister didn't contain pepper spray. It was filled with water, a canister police use to train how to use pepper spray.

Gaston acted surprised when she was sprayed, but not in any discomfort when the judge explained what it was.

"There's nothing in there. It's water."

"It scared me."

"Enough to teach you a lesson?"

"Yeah, lesson learned."

Because Gaston had a clean record and apologized, she will only do three days community work service.

Her victim was in on the scheme and wanted to use real pepper spray, but the judge declined.

"I wanted to do an eye for an eye. That's my thing. But he was fair and I like the way he did his decision making," said Rolles.

Decision making, once again, done the Cicconetti way.

For the record, the judge sprayed himself with the fake spray on two occasions to make sure it was safe to use.

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