Man faces 30-year prison term for stealing doughnut
Farmington, MO (AP) -- A Park Hills man could potentially pay a hefty price to satisfy his sweet tooth.
Scott Masters has been charged with felony second-degree robbery.
He is accused of slipping a 52-cent doughnut into his sweat shirt without paying last December and then pushing away a clerk who tried to stop him.
The push is being treated as minor assault, which transforms a misdemeanor shoplifting charge to a strong armed robbery with a potential prison term of five to 15 years. Given Masters' criminal past, prosecutors could boost that sentence to 30 years to life.
The 41-year-old Masters has been arrested more than a dozen times for crimes ranging from shoplifting to drug possession to torching a car for insurance fraud.
While part of me finds that too stupid to be true (and hence, a crazy punishment given the offense), part of me thinks he's too stupid to ever shape up and should never see the light of day again.