New Mexico Woman Heads To Trial For $2 Pumpkin Theft

Posted: February 21, 2012 in Weird News

I honestly cannot believe the story below.  Talk about a HUGE waste of taxpayer money.  Another example of how messed up our justice system is.

KOAT TV out of Albuquerque has all the details:

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to court employees, a woman accused of stealing a $2 pumpkin will face a jury trial Tuesday.

Annette Atencio said she can’t believe her 23-year-old sister, Lauren Medina, will actually have to go to trial over a pumpkin.”I’m in disbelief — the more I talk about it, the angrier I get,” Atencio said.

Atencio said the charges stem from October 2011, when her sister went to McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty and forgot to pay for a small pumpkin.

Medina spent $75 that day on funnel cakes and other food, and then, Atencio said; her sister went on some hay rides in the back.

But, when Medina was leaving the property, Atencio said her sister picked up a small pumpkin and police approached her.”

(Medina) said, ‘Oh my god, I’m so sorry. Can I pay for them?’ (They said), ‘Nope,’ and she was handcuffed immediately — end of story, no ifs or buts,” Atencio said.

Atencio said that Medina was given the option to plead guilty and do probation, and when she refused, the case will now head to a jury trial.”

(Medina) is a college student, and she’s never been in trouble and never been arrested,” Atencio said.

Moriarity Magistrate Judge Steve Jones is hearing the case, and a court employee said that just like every other case, the pumpkin theft case has to go through the court process.

 

 

Seriously?  She spent 75 bucks at the placed, admitted it was a big mistake and tried to make it right.  Still, they are trying to make an example out of her.  Meanwhile, drug dealers, burglars, and murders are still on the loose.  I guess it’s all about priorities.

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