50 Years in Prison for Stealing a Rack of Ribs

50 years

Would you sentence a man to 50 years in prison for stealing food?

The belly rules the mind.”
~ Spanish Proverb

No one knows that Spanish proverb quite like 43-year-old, Willie Smith Wade. Willie has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after attempting to steal a rack of pork ribs valued at $35 from the H-E-B store in Waco, Texas. His heist was foiled when an employee approached him and the delectable meal that was concealed beneath his shirt fell to the floor.

The employee testified that when he asked Ward what else he was hiding that Ward responded, “I got a knife,” as reported by the Waco Tribune-Herald.

A jury of his peers has convicted Smith to spend the next 50 years in prison.

The lengthy sentence was due to his previous altercations with the law according to The Huffington Post. His rap sheet includes,

  • Burglary
  • Attempted Robbery
  • Theft
  • Cocaine Possession

It took the jury 62 minutes to decide this man’s fate. The Huffington Post quoted the Assistant District Attorney J.R. Vicha,

This verdict shows that the citizens of this county will not tolerate a continued disrespect and disregard for other people and their property, People who choose to do so will be dealt with seriously and appropriately.”

What makes this case an even sadder matter for Smith is that a court official revealed that he had rejected a 20-year prison sentence in a plea that was offered from prosecutors before the trial. He will now have to complete a fourth of his sentence before he can be eligible for parole. Needless to say, Texas is showing itself to be tough of crime.

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Do you think you would have made the same choice as the jurors did in this trial?