Castor Conley is a 27-year-old husband, and father to a 17-month-old baby. This past week, he had appeared in court due to selling a stolen truck he had purchased from a thief to a third party. His attorney negotiated a deal with the prosecutor to charge Conley with only a misdemeanor if he paid the victim $983. Unable to come up with the money, Conley’s attorney and the prosecutor were discussing the case outside the courtroom when a man by the name of Colin Murphy overheard the details.
Though Conley and Murphy were complete strangers to each other, Murphy gave the man the $983 needed so the father wouldn’t have a felony conviction on his record. When asked by reporters if he expected to get the money back, he said it’d be nice but he wasn’t worried about it.
Conley’s lawyer told the Oregonian that Conley was “stunned and in disbelief” when he heard the news, and that he
“teared up a little bit during the sentencing and when he spoke to the judge. Only time will tell if it had the response that he needs – that is whether he will do something with his life that will justify it.”
When Murphy was questioned as to why he did it, he responded:
“All of us sometime in our lives have done something we would rather not have done. And the time will come when perhaps we are going to be held accountable. And I think at that point we would like to have somebody show us mercy.”