This is a question of: does the punishment fit the crime?
A suburban Atlanta man was convicted for stealing a boy’s iPod and was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Cobb County district attorney explained to the media.
According to the AJC, Shareef Tawwab Hakim, 20, of Marietta, was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault, District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. He allegedly put a boy in a headlock and stole his iPod, the DA stated.
That seems extreme for a non-armed theft.
According to the newspaper, the teenage victim was sitting outside his Bellmeade Drive apartment around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2013 when Hakim ambushed the boy from behind and put him in a headlock and made off with the boy’s iPod.
Soon thereafter, Hakim was arrested in November and booked into the Cobb County Jail, and had been there ever since, never posting bond. During his trial, Hakim told the court that he indeed steal the iPod before being convicted Thursday in Cobb County Superior Court.
“He is violent, and this is all a joke to him,” prosecutors told the judge. “His demeanor demonstrates that.”
The judge brought down the harshest possible sentence, ordering Hakim to languish in confinement 20 years, with 12 years to be served in prison and the rest to be served on probation, Reynolds told the media.