We all agree that losing the television remote is a heinous crime, but 22 years seems a bit steep, doesn’t it?
Eric Bramwell is a 35-year-old man from Illinois who has just been sentenced to 22 years in prison with no eligibility for parole until 2028.
Stealing a television remote in August 2015 from a communal lounge room in an apartment block in Wheaton.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Bramwell left a glove at the scene, which local police ran DNA tests on and matched it to him.
His past criminal history of stealing television sets meant that he was eligible for a longer-term sentence, and that’s exactly what he got.
“Mr. Bramwell’s illegal activity and his history have finally caught up with him,” Illinois State Attorney Robert Berlin said.
“Regardless of what was stolen, Mr. Bramwell repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law. He took what he wanted time and time again and expected to avoid the consequences. That’s not how it works, as Mr. Bramwell has now found out.”
Yes, stealing is bad.
But the incredibly severe sentence seems to be pretty rough – especially given that violent sex offenders, like Stanford rapist Brock Turner, can get off with six-months in the clink.
Only in America.