A young Texas man was handed three years in prison for failing to pay for a Subway sandwich.
Antonio Singleton, 20, walked into a Waco, Texas Subway sandwich shop at 8:30 p.m. on April 20 and ordered a sandwich, KWTX reported. He then handed the employee some change, but would not pay the full amount for his sub.
A scuffle ensued when the employee followed him out of the store. The employee received minor injuries. Officers caught Singleton in a nearby Target parking lot and arrested him for robbery.
At his trial Monday Judge Ralph Strother sentenced Singleton to three years in prison after a plea bargain, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. Singleton, now 21, pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary of a habitation and criminal mischief.
He has already been in jail for 240 days, so is eligible for parole, his lawyer Sam Martinez told the news source.
Martinez said while Singleton was ruled competent to stand trial, he perhaps did not understand that he was expected to pay the full amount for the sandwich.
“He thought that if he made a donation, he could get a free sub,” Martinez said.
“There were some emotional issues, but it’s a difficult line to deal with. Not to mention that Antonio did assault the store clerk, so there’s potential of him not being safe in the community,” Martinez said. “Hopefully, he doesn’t get in trouble anymore.”