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Man faces life in prison for stealing Snickers chocolate bar from store

By Mason White 1:49 PM April 5, 2016
Jacobia Grimes 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Human rights activists are outraged after learning that a man of Louisiana, who stole a Snickers chocolate bar from a store, is facing a sentence of up to life in prison.

34-year-old Jacobia Grimes of New Orleans, was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing chocolate bars from a Dollar General store.

The District Attorney’s Office decided to charge him with theft instead of shoplifting in order to enhance his sentence to life in prison under the habitual offender law.

Grimes has five convictions of theft, but all are for less than $500.

Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich criticized DA Leon Cannizzaro, saying that he believes the charge and possible sentence goes too far for a Snickers chocolate bar.

Humans rights activists have called on the District Attorney to reduce the charge to shoplifting, a misdemeanor, in order to avoid the mandatory life sentence if found guilty of a sixth theft.