Man Held On $1 Million Bond For $21 Theft

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ordered a Kentucky man charged with an 18-year-old theft of $21.64 to be held on a $1 million bond.

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Richard Bernat refused to lower the bond of Gary Weaver on Thursday that was set on a theft charge from 1990.

The 41-year-old Weaver was arrested Wednesday for disorderly conduct at a motel in Sycamore Township, Ohio. Authorities found the pending theft charge against Weaver after his arrest.

Police say Weaver bought items valued at $21.64, paying the bill with rolls of dimes. Store employees later discovered they were rolls of pennies, and he was charged with theft.

Weaver pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge Thursday and was sentenced to the one day in jail he already spent. He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on the theft charge.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,

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  • by donna Location: cumberland on Mar 30, 2008 at 11:24 PM
    this is a ridiclous bond it happen 20 years ago and it was for less than $22.00 noone deserves to be done like that i say the man who done this has done stared or probally raised a family. I think they need to dig up the judes past and hold him accoutable for any mistakes he has made throughtout life. this is really unbeivable that this can happen in the usa he did'nt kill anyone murders get off easiler than that. Let the man pay back the 22.00 dollars and set him free
  • by Paulette Location: Kentucky on Mar 29, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    Evidently, this judge has too much time on his hands. Perhaps, he should tour the jails, seek out the habitual offenders, and grow in his journey through life. If he gets to heaven, how will he explain this to GOD?
  • by ds on Mar 29, 2008 at 04:11 PM
  • by todd Location: pikevill on Mar 29, 2008 at 03:58 PM
    the a g ofice needs to put the wheels under this judge if this is state court and im sure it is this is a dam joke this will give david and jay plenty of stuff to make fun of us over and we deserve it we vote someone in ofice here in ky and we let them stay in there till there grandkids get old enuff to take over i have voted for both side all my life to hope for a change but i recken its set we all will go in history books not for what all ky has to offer the world from the best horses to the num 1 energy coal in america and mite i add peeps in affice dont want it no diff thats why we dont have good factory jobs rite now everone in office noes they can hold them life long voters if they brought in new peopel they mite not have that kind of controll lets all get to gether and start a party that promise to hold office 1 term and move on its not rite to make a liveing passeing laws then come back to your home town and make money from the laws you just passed say no to lawyers ans
  • by Stephanie Taylor on Mar 29, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    Wow would they have hung him over $25? Can the judge say OVERKILL?? Is it just me or wouldn't it cost more to house & feed him in jail than the $21.64? Now that's what I call quality justice!
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 29, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    I agree with alot of you, this judges is nuts! Kill someone & get out of jail, but steal $20 & get jail time? Makes about as much sense as the rest of the judicial system! I think citizens should start looking hard for lawmakers that will make set laws for certain crimes! Take it out of the hands of the judges! For example, if you steal under $300 dollars, you pay it back with interest & court costs. You steal over $300 then you do jail time. You kill someone, you either get the death penalty or life in prison without parole. To make it fair for everyone, there need to be set penalties for set crimes & that way judges cannot do such nonsense as was done in this case! But hey, this is just too simple of a concept for our lawmakers to take hold of! It's too simple & it's not written in a book so these college grads can read it. Lord knows they don't have any common sense & can't do anything that's not written down in a book!
  • by James Location: Kentucky on Mar 28, 2008 at 10:18 PM
    This is crazy to begin with pennies are bigger then dimes, you can't fit pennies in a dime roll paper try it it doesn't work. And the rest of you are right our justice system needs to regroup and wake up, they need to make harsher sentences for real criminals like killers, and those who commit DUI's, well I'm just a nurse what do I know.
  • by wayne hudson Location: morehead on Mar 28, 2008 at 09:02 PM
  • by neal Location: pikeville on Mar 28, 2008 at 09:02 PM
    Not that I am the judge or anything, but, I think time and efforts to protect abused children and eldery etc. should be addressed because it is going on as we speak and this dude broke the law when? WHo really cares about a few rolls of pennies frome all those years ago. Lets deal with current issues Judge!
  • by cindy Location: ky on Mar 28, 2008 at 08:47 PM
    this is so stupid a theft that took place 18yrs ago.what the man done was wrong but,my gosh that is nuts.i don't think paying interest back would come out to be that much.i am suprised he did'nt get the death penalty.i agree with the other comments people have wrote.if you took a 10cent piece of gum 10yrs ago what would the bond be for that.
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