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30-years for stealing a donut?

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glazed donutsA man in Missouri is facing the possibility of a 30-year prison sentence for stealing a donut from a local convenience store. The donut wasn’t made of gold, diamonds or anything else valuable (unless you reallylove sprinkles); it was an ordinary 52-cent donut. What happened was that the man shoplifted the donut and, while trying to make his escape, assaulted the store clerk. The assault changes a very minor charge into a “strong arm robbery” – with the potential for a prison sentence that goes with it (plus extra time in this case for a past record. The strong arm robbery sentence is generally 5-15).

Perhaps low blood sugar – hence the desparate need for a sugary pastry – is to blame here? County prosecutors say “it’s not about the donut,” but seem to be overlooking the fact that if it were not for the donut, there might not have been a crime to begin with. Plus, it makes the story a whole lot more interesting.

In other, unrelated, donut news, Krispy Kreme has their pumpkin-shaped Halloween donuts and Pumpkin Spice Cake Donuts out right now. I recommend that you actually pay for yours if you want to try one, but you can always make pumpkin-spiced donuts at home, if you prefer.

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  • JEP
    October 9, 2007

    Loved this post—thanks for the smiles & donut tips 🙂

  • Brynne
    October 11, 2007

    I heard about this I think it’s alittle rediculous. I mean really the doughnut costs 52 cent and probably only 5 or 10 cents to actually make. I don’t understand. I mean even if he does have a past record (which I think I heard that he does) but still and DOUGHNUT?? That’s crazy

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