A Texas man was sentenced to 50 years in prison when a jury convicted him for stealing a rack of ribs.
Forty-three-year-old Willie Smith Ward of Waco, Texas was convicted on robbery charges on Wednesday for stealing a single rack of pork ribs reportedly worth $35. Ward’s mere theft charge turned into robbery when a store employee testified that Ward said he had a knife.
With previous felony convictions for burglary, attempted robbery, aggravated assault, possession of cocaine, and other misdemeanors, the jury recommended Ward be sentenced as a “habitual criminal.”
Ward must serve 12 years of his 50-year-bid before he is eligible for parole.