Drug user told by judge to take his own life gets arrested again

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AKRON, OH - Keith Waterbeck has a long rap sheet, including twelve cases dating back to 2011.

He has been in rehab several times, but landed himself in court again on June 30 for a domestic violence charge.

That's when retired Barberton Judge Michael Weigand, who was presiding as a visiting judge, told Waterbeck, "You're not going to help yourself, I'm just, you know, balancing spending the taxpayer's money or just letting you go out and maybe kill yourself."

Waterbeck then asked for help once again.

He was arrested on Wednesday morning though after a neighbor called 911.

Waterbeck allegedly broke into his pregnant ex-girlfriend's house and punched her in the head several times.

"He's making a mockery of the system, because he's not following through with treatment programs, and he continually gets rearrested," said Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards.


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