Hungry homeless man throws brick through courthouse window, returns to jail

COLUMBUS, GA. -- All Lance Brown wanted was to return to prison when he hurled a brick through the federal courthouse in Columbus.

He got what he wanted today when a judge sentenced him to serve another month behind bars and then a six-month stay in a halfway house.

Brown said he was hungry and homeless when he threw the brick at the stately building. He had recently finished serving a prison sentence in North Carolina for bank robbery and said he resorted to crime for a safe place to stay.

The case illustrates the dilemma that prosecutors face when dealing with homeless defendants who commit crimes to get shelter and food. U.S. Attorney Michael Moore his office had little choice but to charge Brown with a crime.



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