I'm not sure what I think about this. I want to laugh, but it's actually a serious topic.

SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) — A career criminal was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison under California's three-strikes law for stealing $11 worth of wine, lip balm and breath freshener.

Superior Court Judge Frank Ochoa called Ronald Herrera, 57, one of the worst criminals to pass through his courtroom, and prosecutor Darryl Perlin said: "He's what the three-strikes law is all about."

Herrera's record lists 17 serious felonies, including a 1971 home-invasion robbery and rape of a woman and her 15-year-old daughter, the shooting of a police dispatcher, and six armed robberies in Virginia.

He was sentenced Thursday for burglary and petty theft at a supermarket.

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  1. I think his prior crimes more than merit life in prison. sheesh!
    granted, prison probably doesn't do a lick of good as far as changing such scum, and it costs the taxpayers mucho money, but at least it keeps crap like that off the streets (though evidently only for short periods of time.)

    1. Granted, but the issue at hand is whether he deserved this punisment based on this one conviction, not whether justice was served in prior cases.
      See, the Scotty in me says "Yea, put him there for life", but the Spock in me reminds me that 25 to life for $11 of theift is far from logical.

          1. yeah, but I'm not much into the caning thing. Too many people might like it (considering the apparent frightening popularity of BDSM and all that shite)

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