Stealing $15 worth of food equals 7 year conviction
In the courts, a small loot has landed a convicted burglar in prison for seven years. That’s the news that forty-seven year old Anthony Reneau received when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith late Wednesday evening. During his trial, Reneau was unrepresented but submitted to the court that he should be acquitted because he was not caught with any stolen items and that police could not produce evidence of the window they claim he broke in through. Reneau maintained that he was only found sleeping near the food stall and that he was badly beaten while being apprehended. But a police officer who had responded to the burglary testified that he saw Reneau exit the stall through the window and then jump the fence behind the Stella Maris School. The Chief Magistrate, who was convinced by the police version of the incident, then found him guilty. And while the value of the stolen food items is fifteen dollars, the minimum sentence for burglary is seven years which Reneau will spend behind bars. Chief Magistrate Smith also informed Reneau that he could not be given a non-custodial sentence because he has previous convictions for burglary.