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Henderson man found guilty of stealing steaks from grocery store

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

A Rusk County jury returns a guilty verdict against a man charged stealing steaks from a Henderson grocery store last summer.

On Tuesday, Albert Anthony Green, 44 of Henderson was found guilty and sentenced to two years in State Jail and a $10,000 fine for the theft committed at the Henderson Brookshire Brothers last June.

On June 14, 2011 Green entered the Brookshire Brothers and stole four packages of steaks valued at slightly more than $50. When confronted by the store manager outside the store, Green became belligerent. He left the store parking lot on foot, but was confronted about a block away by  Henderson Police officer, David Miley. Green lied to officer Miley saying that he did not have any meat in his grocery bags and let the Miley look in them. Miley discovered the steaks still wrapped in the Brookshire Brothers plastic. At that point Green lied again saying that he got the steaks at the local food bank.

At the punishment phase of the trial the jury learned that Green had three previous state jail felony theft convictions and a conviction for forgery, also a state jail felony as well as his three previous misdemeanor theft convictions.

Theft of property of the value of less than $ 1500 is usually a Class B misdemeanor. However, Texas allows a person who commits theft in any amount to be charged with a state jail felony if he has been convicted at least twice before of any grade of theft. Mr. Green had six previous theft convictions and his theft from Brookshire Brothers was charged as a state jail felony because he is a habitual thief.

County Attorney Mike Jimerson said, "I realize that some people will question prison time for stealing meat, but these stolen steaks pass for legal tender in the drug trade. Mr. Green is a career thief and earned every day of this maximum sentence."

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