When previously convicted bank robber Gregory M. Jeffries was arrested in February for not reporting to his probation officer in Allentown, a federal judge sentenced him to four months in prison followed by two months in a halfway house.
After Jeffries, 38, was released from prison earlier this month, he refused to enter the halfway house and was detained.
Court papers said Jeffries told his probation officer on May 5 that he had been drinking the night before and would rather serve the time behind bars.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe granted Jeffries his wish and sentenced him to two more months in federal prison, with credit for three weeks already served.
Jeffries told Rufe he didn't want to report to the halfway house because his son had been arrested on attempted-murder charges in April in connection with a South Philadelphia shooting and he wanted to be near him.
Rufe said she understood the family situation, but questioned how Jeffries would be able to better assist his son behind bars instead of being in a halfway house.
Then, the judge scolded Jeffries, reminding him that he was still under her supervision.
"Nothing else comes before serving the sentence from this court," she said. "You're not a free person."
Rufe said Jeffries had to "get a grip" on his addiction to drugs and doubted he would be able to do that while he was incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center.
"But I do know that you're getting your wish granted here today," she said.
The judge suggested Jeffries wasn't facing up to his problems.
Rufe observed that some defendants commit additional crimes so they can get back in jail "because it's easier" than life on the outside.