But John Casey, a 51-year-old father of eight, did not cite hunger as his reason for stealing. Instead, he said the blood caused "flashbacks" of his late grandmother, the Epoch Times reported.
Casey's grandmother died of a blood clot when he was a child, and the blood in the meat pack reminded him of that, he said. He was caught with putting the beef in his bag on surveillance cameras.
"It was like I was with her again," Casey said of his grandmother. "The blood in the bag was bringing it on, it was like I was there, like I was living it."
The trial cost Casey $30,000, the Daily Mail reported. He was not held in jail.
“You have caused a huge amount of unnecessary expense to be incurred by electing trial, and you have no means from which you can cover the costs,” the judge in Casey's case said.
In court, Casey accepted placing the beef in his bag but said it was the only way he could put it out of sight and end the flashback. The defendant said the flashbacks were "disturbing" and that Casey is on medication for depression and anxiety.