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November 22, 2011

Texas jury gives "career thief" 80 years for counterfeit concession caper

A student alerted me to this notable jury sentencing story from Texas, which is headlined "Man who used counterfit cash to buy movie theater snacks sentenced to 80 years in prison." Here are the basics from the press report:

A man who tried to buy hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks with a counterfit $20 bill was sentenced to 80 years in prison on Friday in Tarrant County. Here's the press release from the Tarrant County District Attorney's office:

FORT WORTH -- A career thief who tried to pay for a movie theater hotdog with a fake $20 bill was sentenced on Friday to 80 years in prison.

On Wednesday, jurors in state district Judge Everett Young's court deliberated about three hours in convicting Charles Cleveland Nowden, 48, of forgery for passing the counterfeit money....

During the punishment phase of his trial, prosecutors presented evidence on two of Nowden's pending theft charges in Tarrant County and on another theft charge in Lamar County....

The jury also heard that Nowden had previous federal convictions for bank fraud, possessing counterfeit cigarettes, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The jury was able to consider those extraneous offenses and other bad acts in determining his punishment.

He must serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

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