NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans man faces life in prison for stealing candy. And not truckloads or warehouses full from a smuggling or black market ring, either. We're talking about stealing from one Dollar General store.
Jacobia Grimes is accused of taking $31 worth of candy bars from a store in Louisiana.
Grimes has five prior theft convictions.
Under state law, that makes him eligible for a harsher sentence, ranging from 20 years to life.
And the Orleans Parish prosecutors chose to charge Grimes under that statute.
“Isn’t this a little over the top?” asked Judge Franz Zibilich at the arraignment. “Twenty years to life for a Snickers bar, or two or three or four?"
Grimes’ attorneys say all their clients thefts were for less than $500.
Stolen items include socks and pants from a Dollar General store.