COLUMBUS, Ga. – A homeless man in Georgia was hungry, so he decided to get thrown in jail by hurling a brick through a glass door at the Columbus courthouse building.
Lance Brown spent nine months in jail before his April trial. He was sentenced Tuesday to another month behind bars.
Brown's case illustrates the struggle prosecutors face when dealing with homeless defendants who resort to crime to seek the safety of prison. They weigh whether to devote scarce resources to prosecuting a lower-level offense with the burden that comes with upholding the law and deterring others from breaking it.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore says he had little other choice than to charge Brown.