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Life sentence for shoplifter

A Mississippi man and repeat offender was given a life sentence after he was caught shoplifting, according to this report:

After being arrested for trying to cash in his five-finger discount at Kohl's, local police in Mississippi ran the man's name through the system and came up with a bonanza of a rap sheet from his days in Tennessee: 18 arrests, 10 convictions (4 felony convictions; 6 prior felonies reduced to misdemeanors).
The wannabe thief was convicted of three felonies and given a mandatory life sentence, as per Mississippi state law.

Read the full story on the Consumerist web site.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 28, 2010; 7:05 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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This is sickening. The severity of a crime should be judged according to the crime alone, not the prior convictions of the offender. Second, Mississippi has allowed the offender to rob its taxpayers $33k per year to keep him locked up 'til his death. On every level this is injustice for the victims and the offender.

Posted by: rmaes3 | June 28, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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