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May 31, 2005

From Popping Culture's "Does the punishment fit the crime?" Desk

Man freed after serving 35 years in prison for stealing a 19-inch black an white television.

Key quotes:

Under an old law, the late Judge Pou Bailey sentenced Allen to life in prison for sneaking into the unlocked house of Lessie Johnson, 87, near Benson and stealing her 19-inch black-and-white Motorola TV. Allen, a migrant farm worker at a nearby camp, was 30.

The harshest punishment the offense could draw now is about three years in prison.

"We've got an in-house joke here: How much time would he have gotten if he had stolen a color TV?"

Full story here.

Posted by Dan at May 31, 2005 02:45 PM

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Seems like somebody had a grudge against someone...

Also, it seems like this might've been taken into account at the parole hearings...

"He's been in here HOW long?? And for WHAT??"

Posted by: Barry at May 31, 2005 03:17 PM

Barry,

Well, 35 years ago the North Carolina justice system wasn't extremely friendly toward black males.

Posted by: Dan at May 31, 2005 03:55 PM

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