Man Gets 25-to-Life for Stealing CigarettesAP , Associated Press
Aug. 11, 1995 10:40 PM ET
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Stealing two packs of cigarettes cost Frankie Roy Kingery 25 years to life under the state's three strikes law.
``For two packs of cigarettes, it's not worth for him to do life in prison,'' said Kingery's sister, Carolyn Hollis. ``For two lousy packs of cigarettes. What about the rapists and the murderers and the child molesters?''
Prosecutor Patrick McGrath said Kingery has a long criminal record and drew a knife on the drugstore employee who confronted him when he took the cigarettes on Jan. 24.
Prosecutors dropped the knife charge in exchange for Kingery's guilty plea to petty theft on Thursday. Kingery's lawyer said she will appeal the 25-years-to-life sentence.
Kingery, 34, had 20 convictions as a juvenile. His adult record includes minor offenses like disturbing the peace, and two robberies. Some of his victims were bound and gagged.
The robberies plus Thursday's conviction equal ``three strikes,'' prosecutors said.
Kingery, who has three skulls tattooed on his forehead, had no immediate comment.