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Bay County Executives get "Locked Up" for a Good Cause

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Some of Bay County's most influential executives were voluntarily taken to a pretend jail, Thursday afternoon, to help raise money for a good cause.

Volunteers from the Panama City Beach Police Department picked up these inmates from their jobs, and took them to the MDA lock- up at the Bonefish Grill.

Each "prisoner" got finger printed, mug shots taken, and then they had to sit in mock cells while they made their phone calls to secure donations from family and friends.

Each inmate was held a $4,000 bond, with all the proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy research fund.

Lisa Hiel, Director, MDA of Northwest Florida and Southwest Georgia said, "most of them were invited about 6 to 8 weeks ago, so they have started pre-raising their bail, if they haven't hit their target goal, then they are coming in here and reminding everybody, you know I'm in jail now, so if you could please give me bail donations to help bail me out."

Families who are affected by the disease also attended the event.

Lorri Sizenbach, mother of a 9-year-old boy with Muscular Dystrophy said, "It's really heartwarming to know that their are so many people in our community that want to come out and help, my son has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, so finding a cure is high on our list."

Most of the participants were easily able to surpase their goal, but even if they couldn't quite reach it, the MDA was still very appreciative.

"We are actually pretty nice wardens and if they have been able to raise the 4,000 than we can usually make a plea bargain with them," said Hiel.

Most of the inmates were pretty cooperative, but if they weren't on their best behavior.. News 13's Senior Forecaster  Jerry Tabbot was there as the presiding judge, to kept the inmates in line.