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Colombia chocolate thief sentenced to 5 months


The Associated Press



BOGOTA, Colombia -- It's enough to make a candy junkie give up the sweet stuff forever. 


A self-declared chocolate addict has been sentenced to five months in one of Colombia's harshest prisons for swiping $8 worth of candy bars. 


Luis Augusto Mora was caught stealing two boxes of locally made Jumbo bars at a Bogota supermarket. After confessing, Mora was sentenced to La Picota prison, home to some of the country's most hardened criminals and drug-traffickers. 


The tough punishment has caught the attention of President Juan Manuel Santos. In a radio interview Tuesday he said that misdemeanors like Mora's shouldn't waste prosecutors' time and effort. 


Meanwhile, prosecutors have distributed a statement saying the chocolate thief is expressing regret. 


Mora says he'll "never again touch a chocolate in my life."




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