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Lottery ticket thief gets 20 years

Insider BuzzInsider Buzz: Lottery ticket thief gets 20 years

It probably wasn't the prize he was hoping for.

Instead of a large cash payout, a Holyoke, Massachusetts, man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he stole more than $1,600 worth of lottery scratch tickets from convenience stores.

George Cordero pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court this week to breaking and entering into a building at night with the intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building, larceny over $250 and other charges in connection with thefts from three stores between September and May.

Cordero also stole cigarettes and caused property damage in 1 of the incidents.

He was charged as a habitual criminal.

The 45-year-old Cordero will be eligible for parole after ten years.

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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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Posted: June 20, 2007, 10:03 am - IP Logged

Lotto dream has turned into a nightmare for this man.  Unhappy

The woman in the other story gets only 30 days.

20 years is kinda harsh.

    spy153's avatar - maren

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    Posted: June 20, 2007, 10:15 am - IP Logged

    Lotto dream has turned into a nightmare for this man.  Unhappy

    The woman in the other story gets only 30 days.

    20 years is kinda harsh.

    I agree. I have seen murderers get off with less. Honestly. Poor guy.

    voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

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      Posted: June 20, 2007, 10:27 am - IP Logged

      It might be the "habitual" part of his description that got him. 

      Seems this wasn't his first offense......

       

                                     

                    

       

       

        spy153's avatar - maren

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        Posted: June 20, 2007, 10:46 am - IP Logged

        It might be the "habitual" part of his description that got him. 

        Seems this wasn't his first offense......

        oh, well, that makes all the difference.

        voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

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          Posted: June 20, 2007, 3:34 pm - IP Logged

          Hi,

          20 years in prison for stealing some lottery cash,  do you guy think the penalty is too strict with him ? I think it is!

          Someone drinks alcohol get  just couple months in the jail, since it possibly can drive to killing and burning people!

           Roll Eyes


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            Posted: June 21, 2007, 12:17 pm - IP Logged

            It probably wasn't the prize he was hoping for.

            Instead of a large cash payout, a Holyoke, Massachusetts, man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he stole more than $1,600 worth of lottery scratch tickets from convenience stores.

            George Cordero pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court this week to breaking and entering into a building at night with the intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building, larceny over $250 and other charges in connection with thefts from three stores between September and May.

            Cordero also stole cigarettes and caused property damage in 1 of the incidents.

            He was charged as a habitual criminal.

            The 45-year-old Cordero will be eligible for parole after ten years.

            the  person  who  steals  should  be  punnished  but  20 yr.  for  lottery  tickets  is  abuse  of  the  system;

            20yr,  is  15 yr.  too  much  1  year  would  hve  been  about  right  for  a  habitual criminal.  I  hate  our  justice  systerm  over  kill  way  too  often;  Smash

              JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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              Posted: June 21, 2007, 5:16 pm - IP Logged

              I recall a story where a lady stole 2 million from her company to play scratches.  I wonder how much jail time she got.  Does anyone know?  I'm too lazy to do a search. 

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                Posted: June 22, 2007, 6:59 pm - IP Logged

                I wonder if any of the tickets were winners?