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10-year sentence for 5-finger discount not inappropriate, COA rules

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The Indiana Court of Appeals has found a sentence of 10 years for stealing a shirt valued at $14.99 is not inappropriate.

Frederick L. King pleaded guilty to robbery as a Class B felony after taking a shirt from a Fort Wayne retailer. The trial court noted aggravating circumstances that King had three prior juvenile delinquency adjudications and, at the time of the robbery, had been released on bond in another case involving the use of a firearm which resulted in a Class C felony charge. As a mitigating circumstance, the lower court pointed out King had pleaded guilty and expressed remorse.

Consequently, the trial court sentenced King to the advisory sentence of 10 years, but it suspended six years of the sentence to probation.

The COA reviewed Frederick L. King v. State of Indiana, 02A03-1212-CR-515, under the authority granted by the Indiana Constitution permitting appellate review and revision of criminal sentences. Appellate courts may revise sentences if the sentence is found to be inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense and the character of the offender.

In a per curiam decision, the appeals court concluded the trial court did not impose an inappropriate sentence under Appellate Rule 7(B) and the sentence does not warrant appellate revision.

 

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  • compare this to TARP parasites
    If this chap had only been the head of a "too big to fail" bank, then he could have stole 15 million or maybe billion and not ever seen the inside of a courtroom
  • Wow!
    Ten years for a 15 dollar shirt? Inspector Javert is alive and well in Indiana! Transfer please.

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    1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

    2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

    3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

    4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

    5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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