SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 woman stood up in a courtroom Thursday to give a message to everyone listening.
84 year old Wendolyn Hutson told Region 8 News she never thought she would be in court watching her nephew face drug charges.
Hutson sat in the courtroom with tears in her eyes as she watched her nephew and others receive their sentence.
Hustson said as she sat listening to the judge she decided to stand up and pray for not only her nephew but everyone in the room.
"I felt so sorry for some of them people because they didn't have nobody there for them," Hutson said.
Hutson said she just heard God telling her to reach out to those needing help.
"I just got up and started talking and I said I just want to tell you I am a Christian and I have never been in a situation like this before and I just want to pray for all the prisoners in here," Hutson said.
When Hutson started speaking the courtroom went silent.
"It was pretty moving for everyone that was in there," Triple R Bond owner Jeremy Rolland said. "It was so moving to me because of the silence that came over to the courtroom."
The prisoners were grateful.
"A few of them that was up there starting patting their hands and said thank you mam thank you mam," Hutson said.
The judge was appreciative.
"I got up and told the judge I am just praying for everyone in here, all the prisoners and he said thank you mam, thank you mam," Hutson said.
The audience in the courtroom was also moved by Hutson's actions.
"He said you've done one of the bravest things in a courtroom anybody ever did and I said it should have been somebody else trying to help out too," Hutson said.
Jeremy Rolland is the owner of Triple R Bonds and has been in the bond business since 2003.
"She had some tears in her eyes and was very emotional and she was saying how she was praying for everyone in the courtroom and that hopefully they would see the light of God and basically do better," Rolland said.
Rolland said he is familiar with the courtroom process and has never seen anything like this.
"It kind of gets repetitive with the people sometimes and the same charges and this and that," Rolland said.
Rolland said the incident made him start to think more about the process.
"What really brought to my mind was if people would just stop for a minute and just kind of hit the reset button and kind of look at life," Rolland said.
He also hopes the incident helps someone else in that courtroom Thursday.
"If it changes one life than that is a success story," Rolland said.
As for Hutson, she just hopes people will start turning to God and not drugs.
"If we cared more for people and tried to get them to go to church then there would be less drugs on the streets and that is what is wrong with our country," Hutson said.
Hutson said she is thankful for John 3:16 who is going to help her nephew.
She also said she does not think what she did in the courtroom was brave, but rather something she just needed to do.
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