A Louisiana man will continue to spend his life in prison for stealing a pair of hedge clippers, after the state’s Supreme Court denied his request to review a lower court’s sentence.
Fair Wayne Bryant was convicted in 1997 of stealing the hedge clippers. Prosecutors pursued and won a life sentence in the case, a penalty permissible under the state’s habitual offender law. Bryant appealed the life sentence as too severe.
Chief Justice Bernette Johnson was the sole dissenter in the court’s decision last week, writing that Bryant’s sentence is “excessive and disproportionate to the offense” — and that it was costing the state a lot of money to keep him imprisoned.