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Is Acuna the stupidest criminal ever?

 

From The Fresno Bee July 30, 2010:

 

A juror who stole a piece of evidence -- a video game console -- during deliberations last year in a Fresno County Superior Court murder trial pleaded no contest Friday to a felony charge of theft of a court exhibit.

 

Because Elizabeth Acuna took responsibility for her actions, Judge Jon Nick Kapetan indicated that he would sentence her to 500 hours of community service.

 

Acuna was a member of a jury that cleared Antonio Garcia of a murder charge in November but found him guilty of manslaughter in the 2007 shooting death of 16-year-old Steven Keffel in southwest Fresno.

 

Three months after the verdict, Acuna confessed to stealing a court exhibit, a Sony PSP game console, according to a court document.

 

Acuna, 29, of Fresno, told investigators that she stole the Sony PSP because "she felt pressured into voting for a verdict she did not agree with," according to sheriff investigator Allen Passmore's affidavit.

 

The affidavit, however, does not say which way Acuna wanted to vote. It also does not explain her reasoning for resorting to theft because of her feelings toward fellow jurors.

 

"Acuna said it was a stupid thing to do," the affidavit said. She has written an apology letter and has returned the console to investigators. She will be sentenced Sept. 17.

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