Thomas Edward Fuller, also known as ‘Snake Snake’ is back behind bars for the 134th time after allegedly breaking into a church.
He had been released just days earlier from prison.
“He has a history that goes back 33 years, involves 134 criminal charges and 49 convictions,” Sarasota Police Captain Paul Sutton told reporters.
“Nobody should be the 100th victim of somebody committing a crime.”
“134 times, I don’t think he’s learned a lesson at all. I think he should just stay there. He’s a person who needs to stay in jail,” Nick Cira, a restaurant owner and victim of Fuller said.
The state’s scoring system may be partly to blame for why some criminals keep getting arrested, convicted and ultimately released.
A misdemeanor for example scores only .2 points. Even if it can be bumped up to felony petty theft it still registers just 4-points. Car burglary is 22-points yet state guidelines call for prison time only if a person reaches 44-points.
A victim’s cooperation can also play a role in the state’s ability to get a conviction. Officials say if the victim doesn’t show up to testify, or doesn’t want to press charges, they may not be able to get a conviction.
Which brings us back to Fuller’s most recent alleged crime; the church he allegedly broke into doesn’t want to press charges. Instead Father Fredrick Robinson believes the Church is at fault because they left 2-doors unlocked the night Fuller was arrested.
“So the fact that he really didn’t do any harm to us makes me inclined to not look too harshly at him,” Robinson said.
And that means Fuller could get yet another chance.
However if he is convicted, Fuller will qualify as a prison release re-offender which means he’ll be facing a mandatory life sentence.