Friday, January 05, 2007

Infamy For Sale, $275.00

Whittier, CA

There's this guy, Eric Guzman, who's been hitting shops in the Whittier area. He grabs a small item, like Tic-Tacs, goes up to the register as if to buy it, and when the cashier opens the drawer the gun comes out.

He's hit 12 stores, earning the name "The Tic-Tac Bandit" because, well, you know. And now the law has him.

The most he's netted from a job has been a whopping $275.00. Which means that, at most, he's netted $3,300.00.

Let's see if we can do the math here. (5-10 for Armed Robbery x 12 robberies) - (time served) +- (time based on first or subsequent arrests / convictions) = ...well, a whole fuckload of time. Which means that he'll serve about a third of his sentence due to prison overcrowding.

Now, how excactly does this work? California has a Three Strikes Law, and each of these is a separate felony. Will he be tried for them all in one shot, or separately? I'm thinking it will be separately. So, does that mean he gets life after the third one? Or will he just be given one mondo chunk of time and, if he gets parole, will that count as a single strike?

See, this is why I don't knock over liquor stores. Too much math.

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