COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for police.
On Wednesday, Timothy J. Bowers told a judge a three-year prison sentence would suit him, and the judge obliged.
"At my age, the jobs available to me are minimum-wage jobs. There is age discrimination out there," Bowers, who turns 63 in a few weeks, told Judge Angela White.
He'd be facing constant harrassment because of his age, sex, and race.
Yeah, those lazy s.o.b.'s getting minimum wage! How dare they not have 401(k)'s!
For those of you who feel compelled to express your lack of sympathy for this man, I would point out that he didn't ask for it; he asked to be sent to jail.
You wouldn't be making excuses for a CEO who embezzled because it was in his economist interest, would you?
Prosecutors had considered arguing against putting Bowers in prison at taxpayer expense, but they worried he would do something more reckless to be put behind bars.
"It was ONE MAN. What does the story of one (very unstable) man tell us?
Have you ever visited anyone in prison? Do you know anyone who has been "inside"?
Have you seen how prison ages people? The stress people who have been in prison face daily is unlike anything you can imagine. Every day you fight not for simply economic survival, but for your very life.
I learned early on what prison is like, as my family did prison minitries when I was a young man. Do you know what it's like to wonder if you're going to be gang-raped today? Seriously, stop and think about that for a minute. Every day you have to fear whether several men will pin you down and degrade you.
Do you know what it's like to be randomly beaten by a malicious prison guard or prisoner? Or what it's like for a prison guard to mock you as other prisons rape or beat you?
Perhaps the judge considered this possibility and decided that if Bowers was determined to go to prison, he might as well let Bowers do so...