In February 2010, John Wesley Ewell was arrested on suspicion of stealing from a Home Depot store. He was charged with second-degree commercial burglary and petty theft with a prior, felonies that made him eligible for a 25-years-to-life prison sentence under the three-strikes law. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office did not seek the maximum sentence, the second time that the office had used its discretion not to seek a possible life sentence under the three-strikes law. The decision conformed with the office’s policy of not seeking life terms for people accused of minor crimes. Ewell was allowed to remain free on $20,000 bail. He pleaded no contest to the burglary charge in exchange for a 32-month prison sentence, but a judge agreed to delay sentencing so he could undergo surgery before serving his prison time. It was during that delay that Ewell allegedly killed four people in a string of home invasion robberies.
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