A Florida judge handed down a novel sentence to a husband Tuesday who was involved in an altercation with his wife: Try a little tenderness.
The couple now has a court-mandated date night just days ahead of Valentine’s Day, thanks to Judge John Hurley, who ordered that Joseph Bray, 47, take his spouse Sonja, 39, to the bowling alley and Red Lobster, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The fracas started when Brady didn’t wish his wife a happy birthday. Bray’s wife alleged that her husband grabbed her arm, pushed her on the couch and grabbed her by the neck, according to an arrest affidavit read by the judge and cited by the Sun-Sentinel.
In addition to the romantic evening, the couple must attend marriage counseling, the judge said. Any slip-up of the judge’s orders could potentially send Bray, who has a clean record, to the pokey, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The evening should proceed like so:
“He's going to stop by somewhere and he's going to get some flowers," Hurley said at the hearing. "And then he's going to go home, pick up his wife, get dressed, take her to Red Lobster. And then after they have Red Lobster, they're going to go bowling."
The judge told the court, “It was a minor incident, in the court’s opinion. The court would not normally do that if the court felt there was some violence but this is very, very minor and the court felt that that was a better resolution than other alternatives.”
An attorney for the man asked the judge whether the defendant had to let his wife win the bowling match.
“No,” the judge said.