“Now is as good a time as any.” That is especially the case after entering a guilty plea and before being sentenced to nine months incarceration. Just ask 29 year-old Kevin R. Smith of New London. On Wednesday of this week (January 15, 2014) Mr. Smith was admitting to a violation of his probation in Superior Court in New London. Judge John M. Newson canvassed Mr. Smith, ensuring that he understood the rights he was waiving by admitting to this violation. At the end of the canvassing, the Judge asked Mr. Smith if he had anything to add. In response, Mr. Smith wheeled around to the gallery of onlookers, caught his girlfriend’s eye, went down to one knee and asked her to marry him. Mr. Smith’s new fiancée said “yes” and Mr. Smith was then sentenced to nine months incarceration and escorted from the courtroom, leaving behind the whimpers of his new fiancée and the lingering question for onlookers: why would you agree to add a life sentence on top of your nine months?