Sunday, May 24, 2015

56-year-old man gets life in prison for stealing cigarettes

South Carolina - A 56-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of stealing $900 worth of cigarettes while acting as his own attorney.

Solicitor Ernest "Chip" Finney III told The Sumter Item that David Duren Jr. (picture) fell under South Carolina's three-strikes law, which allows a life sentence when someone is convicted of three serious crimes.

Duren was found guilty of second-degree burglary last week. He had been assigned two public defenders.

Finney says his prosecutors offered Duren a plea deal that would have sentenced him to no more than 15 years behind bars, but he rejected it. More

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