Now wait a minute 20 years for stealing cigarettes sounds absurd!!! I know stealing is wrong but SMDH this punishment does not fit the crime. That was my initial reaction when I read the headline about this 48 year old man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes. Then after doing more research I found out that he reportedly had 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions prior to the cigarette theft, which qualified him as a habitual felony offender. So from my understanding the large criminal past is what really lead to him being convicted and sentenced to 20 years. That is just insane he was basically on his last strike and gave up his freedom for some damn cigarettes!?
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