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Woodland cheese shoplifter gets 7 years 8 months in prison (California)
Sacramento Bee ^ | 03/02/10 | Hudson Sangree

Posted on 03/02/2010 2:34:09 PM PST by OldDeckHand

A Yolo County judge on Monday sentenced a man who walked out of a store with a package of cheese in his trousers to seven years and eight months in prison.

Prosecutors had originally sought a life sentence for Robert Ferguson under the state's "three strikes" law. They dropped that bid last month, saying a psychological report had convinced them that a life sentence wasn't warranted.

At Monday's hearing, Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish urged Judge Thomas Warriner to consider at least one of Ferguson's prior strikes – one for burglary and another for assault with a deadly weapon – and to sentence him to a lengthy term.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: ca; crime; prosecution; threestrikes
California want to send a man to prison for 7 years for cheese, yet they couldn't find space in the very same prison for a man who would keep Jaycee Dugard captive for almost 20 years.

California is an unsalvageable mess.

1 posted on 03/02/2010 2:34:11 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Take a bite out of crime.


2 posted on 03/02/2010 2:35:29 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: OldDeckHand

Hey! That’s not cho cheese!


3 posted on 03/02/2010 2:38:30 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: OldDeckHand

California is probably too far gone, about the same as the UK it seems.


4 posted on 03/02/2010 2:38:33 PM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: OldDeckHand

Good thing he didn’t stuff a moose down his pants.


5 posted on 03/02/2010 2:38:50 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: OldDeckHand

Ah......The Power of Cheese....


6 posted on 03/02/2010 2:39:31 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Is that a wedge of cheese in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?


7 posted on 03/02/2010 2:40:09 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: OldDeckHand

Boy if I got arrested every time I left a store with cheese in my pants. bada bing bang


8 posted on 03/02/2010 2:42:53 PM PST by Pajama Blogger
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To: OldDeckHand
Let's see how accurate the headline is. From the article:

He had 13 prior convictions and had spent 22 of the past 27 years behind bars...
On Jan. 6, jurors convicted Ferguson of two counts of petty theft for snatching a woman's wallet from the counter of a 7-Eleven store and for stuffing a bag of Tillamook shredded cheese worth $3.99 into his pants at Woodland's Nugget Market.
The judge gave Ferguson 825 days of credit for his time in jail awaiting trial and said Ferguson would be required to serve half his sentence in prison. He will be eligible for parole in less than three years.

Eight years, just for cheese? I'd say, "Typical reporting!"

9 posted on 03/02/2010 2:49:17 PM PST by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: Onelifetogive

Exactly! I KNEW it wasn’t just the cheese. He didn’t learn his lesson from his prior 22 YEARS in jail. Just stop doing crimes, no matter how “minor”.


10 posted on 03/02/2010 2:52:49 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: Onelifetogive

WTH???

eight hundred and twenty five days in jail waiting for trial???

WTH!


11 posted on 03/02/2010 2:56:36 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: OldDeckHand

if you read the full article you will see that this guy has been a habitual criminal and multi-time loser his whole life. I think a judge just took this opportunity to get him off the streets for as long as possible.


12 posted on 03/02/2010 2:59:47 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: OldDeckHand

“three strikes”


13 posted on 03/02/2010 3:00:31 PM PST by Grunthor (Does The Name "Obama" Appear In any Hawaii Birth Database?)
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To: boop

“Just stop doing crimes, no matter how “minor”.”

Why you authoritarian dictator you!

(channeling my inner losertarian)


14 posted on 03/02/2010 3:02:25 PM PST by Grunthor (Does The Name "Obama" Appear In any Hawaii Birth Database?)
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To: OldDeckHand

Obviously didn't steal it from this Cheese Shop.

15 posted on 03/02/2010 3:03:17 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

“Terribly sorry, we seem to be all shoplifted out....”


16 posted on 03/02/2010 3:04:36 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

“I want to steal some CHEESE!”


17 posted on 03/02/2010 3:05:40 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: OldDeckHand
It makes a nice statement.

We from the Golden State don't mind illegal aliens, we are okay with failing schools, we hate successful businesses and we just love environmental regulations; however...

We do not tolerate cheese napping!

.

18 posted on 03/02/2010 3:06:51 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: mamelukesabre
eight hundred and twenty five days in jail waiting for trial???

It did not say that. It said:

The judge gave Ferguson 825 days of credit for his time in jail awaiting trial...

Maybe he got bonus credit.

19 posted on 03/02/2010 3:07:49 PM PST by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: OldDeckHand
California want to send a man to prison for 7 years for cheese...

Not according to the article.

20 posted on 03/02/2010 3:08:56 PM PST by TankerKC (No matter where I go, here I am.)
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To: OldDeckHand
Photobucket
21 posted on 03/02/2010 3:11:24 PM PST by rfp1234
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To: Onelifetogive

Why would anyone get bonus credit?


22 posted on 03/02/2010 3:16:36 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: rfp1234

Gerbil? or hamster?


23 posted on 03/02/2010 3:17:23 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: All

How is it that THIS guy gets the “3 strikes”, and the guy who supposedly kidnapped that 17 yr old in San Diego (who was extremely dangerous) didn’t get the 3 strikes??? He had more charges against HIM. What’s going on??


24 posted on 03/02/2010 3:19:27 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: mamelukesabre
Why would anyone get bonus credit?

Good behavior, overcrowding, etc.

People routinely serve less actual days than their sentence. It did not say that he was given "825 days credit for the 825 days he spent in jail prior to sentencing." It said he was given "825 days credit for the time he spent..."

25 posted on 03/02/2010 3:21:02 PM PST by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: glock rocks
Just a warning if you're series about visiting this summer. Steal our Cheese from our contented cows and KA-POW!!!
26 posted on 03/02/2010 3:29:22 PM PST by tubebender
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To: mamelukesabre
eight hundred and twenty five days in jail waiting for trial???

We'll have a right to speedy health care too! /s

27 posted on 03/02/2010 3:29:29 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: dfwgator
A moose once bit my sister.

FMCDH(BITS)

28 posted on 03/02/2010 3:30:22 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Onelifetogive
Let's see how accurate the headline is. From the article: He had 13 prior convictions and had spent 22 of the past 27 years behind bars... On Jan. 6, jurors convicted Ferguson of two counts of petty theft for snatching a woman's wallet from the counter of a 7-Eleven store and for stuffing a bag of Tillamook shredded cheese worth $3.99 into his pants at Woodland's Nugget Market. The judge gave Ferguson 825 days of credit for his time in jail awaiting trial and said Ferguson would be required to serve half his sentence in prison. He will be eligible for parole in less than three years. Eight years, just for cheese? I'd say, "Typical reporting!"

Sure. Like the guy who drinks, smokes, and is overwieght and has a heart attack because he ate warm bread. The cheese ain't got nothin to do with it.

29 posted on 03/02/2010 3:30:58 PM PST by bobzeetwin
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To: jackibutterfly
How is it that THIS guy gets the “3 strikes”, and the guy who supposedly kidnapped that 17 yr old in San Diego (who was extremely dangerous) didn’t

Looks like at least one murder rap for him now.

Body reported found in Lake Hodges during search for Chelsea King  

30 posted on 03/02/2010 3:40:10 PM PST by TankerKC (No matter where I go, here I am.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Looks like a baby Roborovski Dwarf Hamster (often weighs less than 1 ounce when full grown).


31 posted on 03/02/2010 4:49:03 PM PST by rfp1234
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To: OldDeckHand

It’s hard to figure out what to be most appalled and disgusted about. There are too many choices.

1) Clearly mentally ill offender.
2) Pants cheese?
3) 92 months for stealing pants cheese?
4) Assault with intent to soda.
5) Can get out in 3 years and change.
6) Has already served 825 days (2 years, 3 months, 5 days) *awaiting* trial.
7) Freaking California.
8) Insanely long list of prior offenses.

I’m thinking we need a desert island for this guy, along with a great big garden full of ripe pumpkins, so he can live happily ever after.


32 posted on 03/02/2010 5:14:20 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: rfp1234

Never heard of them. They look like a cross between a hamster and a gerbil. Larger more intelligent eyes than a standard hamster.


33 posted on 03/02/2010 5:16:12 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

http://roborovskihamsters.webs.com/inthewild.htm


34 posted on 03/02/2010 10:32:49 PM PST by rfp1234
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