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Texan gets 99 year prison term for stealing smokes

WACO, Texas (AP) - A central Texas jury has sentenced a man to 99 years in prison for stealing a carton of cigarettes from a smoke shop.

The McLennan County jury sentenced 55-year-old Leon Willis Wilkerson in Waco Thursday after finding him guilty of robbery Wednesday.

Wilkerson was charged as a habitual criminal. He had a record of 8 previous felony convictions and 12 misdemeanors.

According to court documents, Wilkerson stole the cigarettes in July 2008, tucked them in his jacket, then shoved to the ground a man who tried to stop him. The fallen man was injured, allowing prosecutors to upgrade the charge against Wilkerson from theft to robbery.

Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com

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