Man gets 99 years for stealing phone

Richard A Whitenight rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Mon Jul 11 11:18:00 MDT 2005

I love it.  Finally a jury that's not afraid to put habitual criminals
where they belong.
Man gets 99 years for stealing phone 
11:55 AM CDT on Monday, July 11, 2005 
Associated Press 
WACO - A 31-year-old Waco man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison
for stealing a cell phone. 
Glenn Alvin Reed was convicted of robbery for stealing a cellular phone
from a man's truck last fall and then hitting him several times when he
demanded its return. 
But McLennan County jurors convicted Reed as a habitual criminal because
of prior felony convictions for injury to an elderly person and robbery.
That bumped the minimum sentence from five to 25 years for Reed, who
rejected a 15-year plea bargain offer from prosecutors. 
Reed also has 15 misdemeanor convictions dating back to 1991, including
12 criminal trespassing convictions. 
Reed testified during his trial against the wishes of his court-appointed
attorneys. He frequently went into profanity-laced tirades and told
jurors he didn't care if they gave him life in prison. 
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