Aledo "Grinch" Who Stole Christmas Decorations Sentenced to 70 Years on Burglary

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It took a Parker County jury all of five minutes on Thursday to convict 44-year-old Dana Brock of burglary. The evidence, after all, was pretty incontrovertible. Surveillance video showed her stealing a weedwacker and power washer from an Aledo garage last May.

But that's not what made Brock famous. Last December, she was arrested for stealing Christmas decorations from homes in Parker County, decorations which she would then reportedly hang on customers' homes as part of her holiday-lighting business.

Sheriff's deputies -- and the media -- immediately dubbed her the Grinch. Despite certain discrepancies (Brock isn't green, she has an adequately sized heart, and she was stealing Christmas from human beings in Aledo rather than Whos in Whoville) the name stuck.

That crime, too, was caught on video. Take a look:

So, it wasn't a surprise that she was convicted. The shocker came on Friday, when the jury handed down a 70-year sentence.

Under normal circumstances, the home burglary conviction would have landed Brock in prison for two and 20 years. But Brock has a lengthy criminal record, starting with a 1987 conviction for solicitation of murder (she was 17 at the time) and continuing with various convictions for injury to a child, credit card abuse and theft, and prosecutors pushed for a harsher sentence under Texas' three-strikes law.

Brock was incredulous.

"She kept asking me, '70 years? Are you serious? 70 years?'" her attorney, Raul Narvaez, told NBC 5. "Because 70 years is a pretty harsh sentence for this kind of a deal. And quite frankly, that's what I argued to the jury. But the jury decided, and we have to respect that."

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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

She should have done more jogging and exercise-and less thieving. 

spencerair76
spencerair76

"starting with a 1987 conviction for solicitation of murder (she was 17 at the time) and continuing with various convictions for injury to a child, credit card abuse and theft." - No loss to society here.

MissMacy
MissMacy

And the 16-year-old intoxicated kid who killed four people and critically injured two more goes free. I don't get this, I really don't.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

She shoulda downed a handful of Valium, washed it down with 2 or 5 beers, then run the sad sack homeowners whose stuff she stole the fuck over to make sure they were ded ded ded. Then she coulda used the Elf-fluenza defence.

Tom434
Tom434

A more basic question is was she offered a plea deal and did she turn it down

Greg820
Greg820

So the taxpayers are going to spend $50k a year to keep her locked up for stealing a few hundred dolars of christmas junk?  I love America--lock everyone up and then complain about how much it costs to lock everyone up.

ruddski
ruddski

I suspect she'll thrive in prison, and that this comment may or may not appear.

wilme2
wilme2

I just don't believe in three strikes.  I work around corrections facilities, and there are many horror stories about three strikes.  Each conviction should stand on its own.  70 years for petty theft is a crime in itself, IMHO...


Jamal4
Jamal4

"various convictions for injury to a child" = good enough for me.  

Cabby
Cabby

lol 70 years but a kid gets drunk enuff times an murders people gets off scott free, might as well join the dark side in 2014 I guess

Anser
Anser

@MissMacy He is 16 and I think the judge is right. Rehabilitate. Blood-Lust has done us absolutely NO good.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@Greg820Various convictions for injury to a child and solicitation for murder tends to make a jury very unsympathetic.  Anyone who hurts a child and is a chronic criminal gets what they deserve. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Greg820 


It's called a Hybitch.  Three strikes and it's life.

She is a continuing criminal enterprise.  

wcvemail
wcvemail

@ruddski She'll make a surprisingly well-coiffed and made-up cameo on a second-tier cable channel in a few years, especially if she can get someone to create a "Free the Unjustly Sentenced" website.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@wilme2 I see both sides of this. There are many such disproportionate consequences for trivia, such as the third-strike loser who got life in CA for stealing a pizza slice. OTOH, there's the presumption that such recidivists' cases are newsworthy only for degree. That is, "it was small this time, but it shows their disregard for law, and it could be much worse in the future if we don't stop them now."

ruddski
ruddski

Think of it as a "lifetime achievement" Academy Award.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Anser @MissMacy 


God forbids that scenario ever happens to you........I bet you that you change the way you think. So justice is jailing someone for stealing a bunch of sh+t, and THEN NOT incarcerating someone for a murder?  REALLY?  I am so glad you aren't my parent. 

Greg820
Greg820

@holmantx @Greg820 Somewhere along the way we lost the difference between non-violent misanthropes that need oversight and guidance and violent criminals that need to be separated from society.  Once again, it's your money and I guess you don't miss it that much.

ruddski
ruddski

I think she'll find herself a nice wife and settle down.

ryan762
ryan762

@ruddskiI really don't support lifetime achievement Academy Awards.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@Greg820@holmantxMost people take a dim view to people who injure children and solicit murder.  I would hardly call that non violent.

Greg820
Greg820

@holmantx @Greg820  Thank you for reinforcing my point about the screwed up priorities of the American people.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Greg820 @holmantx 


Property crimes have always ranked high, if not higher on the punishment scale, than assault, battery and some murders.  People do not like their stuff being taken from them.  


If that minor had robbed a bank instead of killing four with his vehicle, he would have done twenty as a man.

ruddski
ruddski

Doesn't seem to have affected the Academy.

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