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Man faces life in prison for stealing $31 worth of candy bars

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NEW ORLEANS -- A man faces life in prison for stealing candy.

Jacobia Grimes is accused of taking $31 worth of candy bars from a store in Louisiana.

Grimes has five prior theft convictions.

Under state law, that makes him eligible for a harsher sentence ranging from 20 years to life.

Orleans Parish prosecutors chose to charge Grimes under that statute.

“Isn’t this a little over the top,” said Judge Franz Zibilich at the arraignment. “Twenty years to life for a Snickers bar, or two or three or four.”

Grimes’ attorneys say all their clients thefts were for less than $500.

Stolen items include socks and pants from a Dollar General store.

4 comments

  • Opinion8d

    Those are only the times he got caught. Maybe the judge would like to take him in and ‘help’ him out.

  • grunt

    Not life in prison for stealing candy, life in prison for being a career criminal in a state that says they will lock you up if you are a career criminal.
    He had his chance, he made his choice. Take him out of circulation.

    • Michael Neils

      Yup. We should have that system in Milwaukee. In some countries that dude would have lost his fingers or hand. Of course in Milwaukee you’d hear But he was trying to feed his starving family-lol. whaaaaat?

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