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Man Steals $35 Worth of Ribs, Goes to Jail for 50 Years

Willie Smith Ward
McLennan County Jail

What’s that they say about the punishment fitting the crime?

A man in Waco, Texas has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after he was convicted of stealing a rack of ribs.

Willie Smith Ward, 43, committed his fall-off-the-boneheaded crime back in 2011 when he pilfered the ribs from a grocery store and then threatened an employee who confronted him.

Smith is no Wet-Nap-behind-the-ears criminal, which may explain why he received the harsh punishment. It turns out he has a score of convictions under his belt, ranging from burglary and assault to leaving the scene of an accident and possession of cocaine.

So, you could say he’s finally gotten what’s coming to him. Kind of like an eye for a ribeye.

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