A man has been jailed for 22 years after the 'final straw' of stealing a TV remote.
Chicago native Eric Bramwell, 35, repeatedly 'thumbed his nose at the law' and had a significant past criminal history which was taken into consideration when sentencing.
He popped into the communal area of an apartment building in August 2015 and took the universal remote control. Police found a glove that was dropped at the scene and managed to link Bramwell to the crime as it contained traces of his DNA. Wow, someone really wanted that remote control back.
Prosecutors believe that he committed similar thefts of both remote controls and TVs in apartment complexes in Wheaton, Lisle, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Downers Grove and Oakbrook Terrace, reports the Chicago Tribune.
They discovered that his long criminal history meant that he could face up to 30 years in jail.
Eventually, he was given 22 years and he must serve at least 11 years before becoming eligible for parole.
State attorney Robert Berlin told the Tribune: "Mr. Bramwell's illegal activity and his history have finally caught up with him
"Regardless of what was stolen, Mr. Bramwell repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law. He took what he wanted, time and time again, and expected to avoid the consequences.
"That's not how it works, as Mr. Bramwell has now found out."
If I was him, I'd lie about why I was in prison. Stealing a remote isn't going to give him any kind of street cred.
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