Florida Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Stealing Cigarettes

I wonder if this is the kind of “non-violent offenders” that Tony Evers wants to let out of prison.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store in Florida has been sentenced to 20 years in 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.

Oh, this.

Spellman reportedly 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.

So… 14 felonies in 20 years. That means he was caught and convicted of a felony an average of every 17 months of his adult life. If you throw in the misdemeanors, he was caught and convicted for a crime ever 5 months of his adult life. Given that most crooks are only caught for a tiny fraction of the crimes they commit, this guy is clearly a career criminal and we are all safer now that he is in prison.

But… burglary is a non-violent crime. If Mr. Spellman was in Wisconsin, would Evers want him on the streets?