Florida man jailed for brown lawn freed

Oct. 13, 2008 at 1:51 PM
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HUDSON, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Neighbors led by a former U.S. Marine have teamed to secure the release of a Florida man jailed for letting his lawn go brown, residents say.

Ex-Marine Andy Law of Hudson, Fla., said he was upset when he read about 66-year-old Joseph Prudente, who was jailed without bail Friday after ignoring letters about his dormant lawn from his homeowners' association and a court order, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Monday.

Prudente said he didn't have enough money to improve the lawn. But Law borrowed a machine to remove the old grass and persuaded two companies to donate new sod, while Pasco County, Fla., Commissioner Jack Mariano chipped in to help, the newspaper said.

At a specially arranged court hearing Sunday, Circuit Judge W. Lowell Bray released Prudente when a homeowners association representative detailed the work that had been done. But Prudente still faces court and association fines, the Times said.

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