— After Cassandra Belle Tolley "pleaded guilty to driving drunk and crashing into a car, seriously injuring two people," Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles late last month sentenced her to "eight years in jail followed by five years of probation and substance abuse counseling."
— Then, with Tolley's consent, he added this assignment: She "must read the Old Testament book of Job and write a summary."
As New Vision Free Will Baptist Church Rev. Daggett Duncan tells the Herald, "I think (Nettles') faith and his compassion led him to use the book of Job. Job made it through, and he wants her to know she can too."
Tolley's attorney tells the newspaper his client has started working on the assignment. And Kenneth Gaines, a professor of law at the University of South Carolina, says Nettles couldn't have added that task to her sentence unless Tolley "was in entire agreement with it. ... You can't just arbitrarily add anything you want to a sentence."