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New Orleans Man Could Get Life Sentence For Stealing $31 Worth of Candy Bars

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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.