I do not think it is too simplistic to suppose this a story of a son being coached by his father to accept a grim fate.
The somber tone gives genuine feelings of shock and betrayal.
In any case it would be unjust, the court room seems to fit the scheme.
Maybe this is just a portrayal of that in life. Once the heart feels tricked and wounded this deeply a criminal sentence like you described seems the only solution. To have to bear the guilt and horror that it is by your own free will to comply, that is the twist in the gut.
May I add a simple comment in response?
We see dimly through a mirror. Let's not face reality with our own eyes and understanding.
Thankyou for sharing.
Who is "he"? The post mentions your father... but it almost seems like he is used differently than the man you identify as your father. Perhaps it is two different people, but in a way, defining different points of view? Or different sides of a person that you know?
At first it almost felt like a dismissal to appeal to ones judgement, but then you mentioned criminals and thought it seems to go further than an agenda of the courtroom. It almost feels like a complaint against the injustice of the justice system.