Shredded: California Man Sentenced to Eight Years For Stealing $4 Bag of Shredded Cheese

Robert Ferguson, a repeat offender, was sentenced to eight years for stealing a $3.99 bag of shredded cheese under the state’s three strikes law. Ferguson is no Jean Valjean — he has a criminal record going back 30 years. He was found to be bipolar by state psychologists.

Prosecutor Clinton Parish said Ferguson had spent 22 of the past 27 years behind bars. He could now be eligible for parole in three years.

Critics have cited his case as an example of sentencing that is out of control under the three strikes law. Notably, he was facing life in prison for the cheese crime if he had not been found bipolar.

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47 thoughts on “Shredded: California Man Sentenced to Eight Years For Stealing $4 Bag of Shredded Cheese”

  1. Thank-you CEJ…The high is wearing off for me, but many are still riding it! I like your thinking…and entire week to celebrate my birthday….I should have taken the whole week off of work, rather than just Thursday & Friday…what was I thinking?

  2. I just finished reading this (would it be too strange to say) *lovely* thread, so a thank-you to all for your most thoughtful commentary.

    Canadian EH, Happy Birthday week! I hope you have fun celebrating, and are you still high from the Hockey win?

  3. anon nurse,
    Thank-you for your kind words. Plato was a wise wise man, I may print that quote and put it up on the wall of my office!

  4. Canadian Eh,

    I typed a lengthy comment and lost it but, anyway, thanks for your insights. I agree with AY — you seem to be a good person.

    There’s a Plato quote that I like that is apt, perhaps. (Your remark about “pessimistic attitude(s) toward addiction treatment” brought it to mind):

    “Be kind, for each person you meet is fighting a great battle.”

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