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Housekeeper Who Stole a Bag of Frozen Meatballs Facing As Much Jail Time As Steubenville Rapist

Why do we stand by this absurd criminal justice system?

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A housekeeper at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is facing two years in jail for allegedly stealing a bag of meatballs. Estelle Casimir, 56, who had been working for West Point’s food service company, Watson Services, for 28 years, was purportedly seen carrying the bag in an area where she doesn’t work. According to an affidavit, when supervisors approached Casimir and questioned her about the bag she was carrying, she told them she was throwing it in the garbage. Casimir was reportedly only responsible for cleaning the latrines in the mess hall, not disposing of food, and according to supervisors, could have thrown the bag in a closer garbage instead of the downstairs dumpster she said she was headed to.

Now, Casimir has been suspended from her position and is looking for housecleaning work. She told The Journal News, “I just sit in the house. … I don’t have anything to do.” Casimir has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor crimes for stealing property and possessing stolen property and faces up to one year in jail for each count as well as a $1,000 fine. She pleaded not guilty at an initial hearing.

Gawkerpointed out on Monday that she faces the same amount of time Trent Mays was sentenced to serve after being found guilty in the Steubenville rape case. 

Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet.