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Men face prison time for stealing sandwiches

Five young men are up against serious criminal charges that could potentially put them behind bars for a prolonged period of time, all because they allegedly stole some submarine sandwiches from a restaurant delivery person. Four of them have been arrested while police continue to seek the other.

All four are being charged with a felony count of larceny from a person, which carries a potential 10-year sentence. The young men were also charged with conspiracy to commit larceny from a person, which is another 10-year felony.

The potential punishment for the men seems quite excessive in light of the alleged robbery. The group of men included a 20-year-old and 19-year-old student at Central Michigan University, and three other men, ages 17, 19 and 22, who were not students at the school.

The group is accused of calling up a local restaurant and ordering eight sandwiches. Media reports stated that they did not have any money and had no intention of paying for the food. Instead, they instructed the restaurant to deliver the food to a random apartment complex, where the men lay in waiting.

When the delivery person showed up, one of the men allegedly approached him and took the food before running away with the other men in tow. The delivery person pursued the food snatcher and tackled him to the ground. However, the man's friends were able to push the employee off and they made away with the food.

It is important to note that the delivery person was not injured during the incident.

The four men that were arrested posted their $10,000 bond and were released from jail as they await their next court appearance. Police have a warrant out for the arrest of the 19-year-old, who is originally from out of state.

It is doubtful that anyone would think these men deserve 10 years in prison for their actions. Now, the men are faced with the decision of pleading not guilty and fighting the charges via a jury trial, or accepting responsibility and likely receiving a reduced charge or a lighter sentence.

Source: FOX-17, "4 Arrested in Sandwich Theft," Jessica McMaster, Feb. 26, 2013

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