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Justice?!? Metro Atlanta Man Gets 20 Years for Stealing IPod
10/30/2014 11:29:07 AM

Shareef Tawwab Hakim
By Terry Shropshire, Special from The Chicago Defender

This is a question of: does the punishment fit the crime?

A suburban Atlanta man was convicted for stealing a boy’s iPod and was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Cobb County district attorney said.

According to the AJC, Shareef Tawwab Hakim, 20, of Marietta, was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault, DA Vic Reynolds said. He allegedly put a boy in a headlock and stole his iPod, the district attorney said Monday.

That seems extreme for a non-armed theft.

According to the newspaper, the teenage victim was sitting outside his Bellmeade Drive apartment around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2013 when Hakim snuck up behind the boy and put him in a headlock and made off with the boy’s iPod.

Soon thereafter, Hakim was arrested in November and booked into the Cobb County Jail, where he has been held without bond, booking records showed. During his trial, he took the stand and admitted he took the iPod before being convicted Thursday in Cobb County Superior Court.

“He is violent, and this is all a joke to him,” Assistant DA Jaret Usher told Judge Robert D. Leonard II. “His demeanor demonstrates that.”

Leonard sentenced Hakim to a term of 20 years, with 12 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation, Reynolds told the media.

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