Decade in Prison for Swiping a Six Pack?

By Mary Kathryn Burke

Mar 2, 2010 10:30am

ABC News’ Mary Kathryn Burke reports: Adam Bollenback—at 25— is still in prison all because at 17, he stole some beer. Bollenback, who has ADHD and is bi-polar, was tried as an adult in Florida.

Doug Smith, at FOX 13 in Tampa,FL has been following the case closely and returned to Bollenback’s prison just last week to meet with him. Smith tells the ABC News Law & Justice Unit that a history of petty crime led to the sentence.

“Before he stole the beer, he got caught swiping a bag of potato chips from a school lunchroom.” Smith told us, “When prosecutors charged him with theft, he called their bluff and asked for a jury trial, which bumped him into adult court. After that guilty verdict, he was placed on probation and from that day forward in the eyes of the law, he was now an adult.  So with the potato chips conviction on his record, the judge gave him 9 years for stealing the beer and 1 year for running from police: 10-years for a six pack.”

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