Is 10 years in prison a ridiculous sentence for trying to steal someone’s phone ?

My brother is facing 10 years in prison cause he was having a bi polar episode in prison and using racial slurs, and some Karen decide to film it, my brother grabbed the women’s arm and demanded she give him the phone, and eventually yanked it from her after a struggle, this women was asking for it. He’s being charged with assault with intent to rob, and could go away for 10 years for defending himself. Why is our legal system punishing people for not wanting they’re livelihood ruined 


I meant in public, not prison. The main reason he’s facing 10 years is cause he has priors.

6 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    It's not just for trying to steal the phone.  It's also for grabbing her arm.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Your brother hasn't told you everything.  Your brother tried to grab the phone from this woman.  She was trying to protect herself.  Your brother started it.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "He’s being charged with assault with intent to rob" Which is exactly what he did!

  • 1 month ago

    Hes facing 10 years for ASSAULT

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  • 1 month ago

    It is not ridiculous at all.  If he didn't want to be called on his behavior, then he should not have behaved like that.  She had every right to film him.  He stole her phone and he assaulted her.  What don't you understand about that?  Bipolar episode is complete BS.  Bipolar does not make people assault others and it does not make people violent.  If he is a danger to society, which he seems to be, then he should be locked up.  Further, why is he not on medication?  His refusal to take his lithium is another reason why he is guilty. 

  • 1 month ago

    You have to understand that nobody "asks" to be assaulted and have their phone taken away from them. If he grabbed her arm and took her phone, that's not defending himself.

    You and your brother have to understand that when you go out in public, you no longer have an expectation of privacy. People can film you, and you can film them. Filming someone in public is not unlawful.

    His lawyer might be able to reduce the charges if he can convince the court that his intention was to just erase the video and not to steal it. But that would depend upon the words spoken and what he did following the encounter.

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