A florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store was sentenced friday to 20 years in state prison.

Florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store was sentenced Friday to 20 years in state prison.

An Escambia County jury convicted Robert Spellman, 48, of burglary and grand theft in August.

Spellman went into a Circle K in December, and stole 10 cartons of cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager’s office, authorities said.


The State Attorney’s Office said authorities found Spellman nearby, matching a description of the suspect, and had the cigarettes, The News Journal reported.

Spellman had 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions prior to the cigarette theft, which qualified him as a habitual felony offender, The News Journal reported.

That led to the lengthy 20-year prison sentence imposed Friday by an Escambia County judge.

The lengthy prison term prompted outrage on social media, with some people accusing the prosecutor of imposing too harsh a sentence for a seemingly petty crime.

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A florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store was sentenced friday to 20 years in state prison. Florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store was sentenced Friday to 20 years in state prison. An Escambia County jury convicted Robert Spellman, 48,...