Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 7, 2010

Wednesday’s News

The Weird and the Wonderful

Ga. man who left jail for cigarettes gets 20 years

WOODBINE, Georgia – Authorities say an inmate who broke out of jail, then returned after stealing 14 packs of cigarettes, has been sentenced to 20 years.

Prosecutors told The Florida Times-Union inmate Harry Jackson, 26, escaped his cell at the Camden County Jail last year and went to the exercise yard to retrieve cigarettes he had expected would be tossed over a fence.

They say that when the contraband wasn’t there, Jackson scaled the fence, broke a window at a convenience store and grabbed cigarette packs only to be arrested upon his return.

Jackson pleaded guilty to burglary and escape charges Monday. Prosecutors say he had been jailed on charges including driving with a suspended license. His lawyer, William Ashe, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: toss
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English
Date: 15th century
transitive verb
1 a: to fling or heave continuously about, to and fro, or up and down <a ship tossed by waves> b : bandy
2 c: to mix lightly until well coated with a dressing or until the elements are thoroughly combined <toss a salad>
2 : to make uneasy : stir up : disturb
3 a : to throw with a quick, light, or careless motion or with a sudden jerk <toss a ball around>
b : to throw up in the air <tossed by a bull>
c : match
5a d : to send as if by throwing <tossed in jail> <tossed out of the game> e : to get rid of : throw away
4 a : to fling or lift with a sudden motion <tosses her head angrily>
b : to tilt suddenly so as to empty by drinking <tossed his glass>; also : to consume by drinking <toss down a drink>
5 : to accomplish, provide, or produce readily or easily <toss off a few verses>
6 : throw 18 <toss a party>
7 : vomit 1 —often used in the phrase toss one’s cookies
intransitive verb 1 a : to move restlessly or turbulently; especially : to twist and turn repeatedly <tossed sleeplessly all night>
b : to move with a quick or spirited gesture
2 : to decide an issue by flipping a coin
synonyms see throw
toss·er noun

More Vocabulary

Inmate: n. any of a group occupying a single place of residence; especially: a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)
Plead: v. to make a plea (answer to a charge or indictment in criminal practice) of a specified nature
Retrieve: v. to get and bring back
Scale: v. to climb up or reach as if by a ladder or something similar

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Break out: to escape, flee

     He spent three years in prison before he broke out and went to Mexico.


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