Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Stealing 10 Cartons Cigarettes Worth N200k (Photo)
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.