WOODLAND, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- A California man was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison for stealing a wallet and a package of cheese.
Robert Ferguson, who has 13 prior convictions, received the sentence from a Yolo County judge Monday after he was convicted Jan. 6 on two felony counts of petty theft for taking a woman's wallet from the counter of a 7-11 and shoplifting a $3.99 pack of cheese from Nugget Market in Woodland, the Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday.
Judge Thomas Warriner said he agreed with a probation department recommendation to disregard Ferguson's prior convictions under the state's "three strikes" law and to sentence Ferguson to the upper term for petty theft with priors.
Warriner credited Ferguson 825 days for the time he spent in jail while awaiting trial. He will be eligible for parole in less than three years.