Welder Is Out On Three Strikes - 9/13/2011
Is stealing $20.94 worth of welding wire and work gloves from The Home Depot enough to put someone in jail for life? It is if you live in California and it’s your third strike against the law.
Scott Andrew Hove tucked a spool of welding wire and work gloves inside his waistband and headed for The Home Depot’s exit without paying. Employees stopped him and found the stolen merchandise hidden under his shirt. A certified welder, Hove has a history of drug abuse and several run-ins with the law.
At his sentencing in August, Hove pleaded for leniency, but was rejected by the judge. The case has stirred strong comment on both sides. Hoves mother believes his sentence is a miscarriage of justice. She said, “To strike someone out for something like this is ridiculous.”
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