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Report: Lance Armstrong bike-stealer to get 3 years in prison

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Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bike-stolen.jpgPerhaps it's because everything I know about the criminal justice system in this country was gleaned from watching copious amounts of "Law & Order," but it's often really confusing to me just how a sentence is determined.

We sort of looked into this in the wake of Donte' Stallworth's 30-day sentence for DUI manslaughter, but another sports-related ruling today really throws a wild-card number into the mix.

One of the two men involved in the 2008 theft of a rare Lance Armstrong bike will be sentenced to a three-year prison term next week.

Lee Monroe Crider, 40, pleaded no contest June 1 to second-degree burglary and grand theft, the Sacramento Bee reported on its Web site, citing court documents. Crider is scheduled to return to court next Monday for sentencing, the Bee reported.

Look, there's obviously a ton of factors at work in all of these cases, but on the surface, the penalty for stealing a piece of property from a millionaire should just not be more than 10 times more severe than that of someone who wrongfully took a man's life.

Who's with me on this one?

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Just in case you had any doubts left..."justice" in this country is simply a moniker for a commodity. If you're rich, you can buy yourself out of punishment. If you're poor, well, you're SOL.

Other factors? Like maybe a criminal history a mile long? Parole violations? I dunno, not my job, I'm not passing myself off as a journalist/blogger.

Try to maybe do some research or wait for someone else to do it before climbing up on your high horse.

The five minutes of research I did on this guy turned up an arrest in 2005 on weapons and burglar tools charges.

Ever heard of three strikes?

You and everybody else jumping on this story with insufficient background information are, in my opinion, going to look pretty silly when the details about this idiot's criminal history comes out.

Seems wildly excessive over-reaction to violation of everyone's favorite bike hero, but I gotta say it feels pretty good to see a sleazy bike thief actually punished for a change.

When's the last time THAT happened? I mean, steal a POS clunker car the owner can't give away & it's grand theft. But steal a nice bicycle that cost thousands & it's treated like you just picked up an abandoned toy.

I dont think anyone is going to argue that sentencing a petty criminal with a 'history a mile long' to three years in jail is harsh. I think the real issue is that somebody died, and Stallworth got 30 days.

Way to show that people who drive under the influence will face severe punishment. I am sure there are kids all over Miami thinking that if they drive under the influence and kill someone, they will only get 30 days in jail. Its really not a great example being set... or do you think that a 30 day jail stint is reasonable?

I think it goes a little deeper... Breaking into a locked van: felony. Stealing a $10,000 custom time trial bike that the entire world can recognize: felony (but it should be a second felony for being stupid enough to think it has resale value). Stealing two other Trek Madone bicycles: two more felonies. Are you aware that the value of the Dura-Ace components off just one of those Madones makes it Grand Theft? Were those recovered or is that money tucked away for Lee Monroe Crider to use when he gets out early because California's budget crisis forces early release?

30 days for stealing a life is what we should be screaming about.

It is Lance Armstrong's fame that meant that Lee Monroe Crider couldn't profit from his crime. But Armstrong isn't a criminal. It is Donte Stallworth's fame that allowed him to get away with murder.

A volatile argument was brewing elsewhere on the internet right before this story broke, comparing Michael Vick’s 23-month prison sentence for killing dogs to Donte Stallworth’s 30-day sentence for killing a negligent pedestrian with his car while under the influence. Those that argued for Vick said there was a conspiracy against him. Those that argued for Stallworth pointed out that he stopped, he called the police, that he tried to render aid, and admitted to police that he had been drinking at a party before driving home. They also argued that Vick's intent was criminal, arrogant and with the purpose to defraud authorities. Based on this viewpoint, is it fair to give a guy three years in jail for stealing a S10,000 dollar bike and selling it for $200? It doesn't appear as though his follow up actions or his intelligence level suggest his intent was to commit grand larceny.

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