West Point Housekeeper Facing As Much Jail Time As Steubenville Rapist For Stealing A Bag Of Frozen Meatballs

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A housekeeper at West Point who was busted with a bag full of frozen meatballs that didn’t belong to her is facing two years in prison on federal charges of larceny and possession of stolen property.

Put in perspective, that’s the same amount of time Trent Mays was sentenced to serve following his conviction in the Steubenville rape trial.

56-year-old Estelle Casimir stands accused of trying to make away with a bag of frozen meatballs that were slated to be served to at the West Point Cadet Mess Hall.

According to court documents, a supervisor became suspicious after spotting Casimir with a grocery bag in her hand.

Confronted, Casimir, who is responsible for cleaning the mess hall latrines and does not handle food, claimed she found the meatballs in a trash container “and was on her way to dispose of them in another trash container.”

An affidavit signed by the operations manager on duty does not specify how many meatballs were in the bag.

At an initial court hearing earlier this month, Casimir pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her next court date is scheduled for April 19th.

In the meantime, she has been forced to look elsewhere for employment after the food services company Watson Services, her employer of 28 years, suspended her pending the outcome of the trial.

“I just sit in the house,” Casimir is quoted as saying. “I don’t have anything to do.”

[photos via AP, Hot Cheap & Easy]

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