A Florida man who stole 10 cartons of cigarettes worth $600, from a convenience store has been jailed for 20 years in the state prison.
A jury in Pensacola convicted 48-year-old Robert Spellman of burglary and grand theft in August. Authorities say Spellman took 10 cartons of cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager’s office last December. He was sentenced Friday.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that Spellman had 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions prior to the cigarette theft, which qualified him as a habitual felony offender. That led to the lengthy 20-year prison sentence imposed Friday by an Escambia County judge.
Police reports that Spellman has been involved in a whole lot of petty crimes and the sentencing will serve as a deterrent to other who might think getting away with crime is an encouragement to continue in it.
Police found Spellman nearby with the cigarettes in his possession, the State Attorney’s Office told The Pensacola News Journal.
In another news, Spellman’s sentencing is similar to that of a Nigerian man in Ekiti that was sentenced to 6 years in prison for stealing a box of cigarettes and some cartons of beer at a local pub.