Stealing a Donut May Cost Man 30 Years in Prison

Scott A. Masters, 41, is accused of shoplifting a single donut worth 52 cent in a strong-arm robbery. For that, he could get a sentence of 30 years to life!

... one man's sweet tooth got the better of him. He stole a doughnut. A single doughnut.

Authorities called it strong-arm robbery. The "doughnut man," as the suspect is now known, faces five to 15 years in prison for his crime. And Farmington, a town of 14,000 people about 70 miles south of St. Louis, has been buzzing about it ever since.

"That someone would take just a single doughnut, not something very expensive or extravagant, that's unique," supermarket assistant manager Gary Komar said, smiling.

Scott A. Masters, 41, is accused of shoplifting the pastry and pushing a store worker who tried to stop him. The worker was unhurt. But with that shove, his shoplifting turned into a strong-arm robbery. Masters, who appeared in court Friday, is stunned. The prosecutor shows no signs of backing down. In fact, because Masters has a prior record, he could get a sentence of 30 years to life.

I believe in tough laws, but this is ridiculous. What do you guys think?

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/missouristatenews/story/2F37838AFD546C9A8625736D000B589F?OpenDocument | Donut image from uncleboatshoes [Flickr] - via Blue's News


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This is ridiculous. A man steals a donut and prosecutors want 30 years because the crime is considered a "strong arm robbery." Why would you give a man who stole a donut a longer sentence than many who have committed murder.
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Yep, someone else brought up right-wing, not you. Sorry.

Still wonder what's self-righteous about having basic self-control and expecting it of others.
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