A Smith County, Iowa jury recently sentenced a man to life in prison for aggravated robbery after he ambushed a restaurant manager at gunpoint. He forced the manager back inside the establishment and, once there, made the manager open the safe, stole $2,500, tied him up, and threatened to kill him if he moved.
At the time of the assault, the man had been on parole for drug trafficking. He also had an extensive criminal history, including six prior felony convictions. The jury in this case looked at the totality of this information during sentencing. With his life sentence, he will have to serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.
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Unfortunately, we must talk extensively about #recidivism and about how far too many judges and juries don’t appear to pay enough attention to extensive criminal histories before allowing people back on the street to hurt someone else. This jury wasn’t going to let that happen.