Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Robber gets 1,948 Years In Prison
Authorities on Monday threw the book at a 35-year-old serial bank robber dubbed the "Mickey Mouse Bandit," sentencing him to 1,948 years in prison. Anthony Richard Cuellar was convicted by a jury last year of 43 counts of robbery stemming from one nail salon robbery and eight bank heists in 2007, including a Wells Fargo branch in San Marino. The 35-year-old Cuellar, who has two prior robbery convictions, was sentenced Monday at Alhambra Superior Court to 1,948 years to life.
'I don't recall of a sentence where a defendant has received that many years,' said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman with the District Attorney's Office. 'It's up there.' Alhambra Superior Court Judge Laura Priver and Cuellar's attorney, Ruben Garcia, declined comment on the case. The longest prison sentence handed down by a U.S court was 10,000 years. It was given to Dudley Wayne Kyzer, who killed his wife in 1981 in Alabama. He was also sentenced to life for slaying his mother-in-law and a college student.
The FBI gave Cuellar his moniker because he wore a hat with a Mickey Mouse logo in one of the robberies."
Well, OK, this guy is a pretty bad thief, but sentences that enter the realm of science fiction are beyond bizarre. They make a mockery of justice, and Judges who hand these sorts of sentences out are just grandstanding.
California is a the pioneer in "three strikes," sentencing the net result is that so many people are incarcerated for so long, Gov. Schwarznegger has found himself trying to furlough corrections officers to deal with budget shortfalls. California in turn finds itself opening the prison doors for non-violent offenders.