Have you or your friends ever broken the law by sneaking into a movie that you shouldn’t be going into? A legal case in pushing the envelope on just how far prosecutors are willing to go to get people into the criminal justice system. The case, set in Indiana, is also getting flagged as an example of overzealous prosecution possibly serving as a warning to those who even think about engaging in minor infractions of the law.
Lendsey and Delilha Harbin allegedly snuck into the film “Warm Bodies” and were caught by an off-duty police officer. That’s when their legal problems began. The couple, as a result of their seemingly harmless decision, is now facing over a year in prison after being charged with a felony. Even more amazing is that police and prosecutors are determined to see this one through.
The off-duty officer in Portage Indiana said that he noticed the man because of his “very colorful clothing, white vest, white dress pants, and a bright red shirt.” Of course, he isn’t allowed to say that perhaps he noticed him because he was black. To our knowledge, there is no record of anyone else being charged with a felony for this sort of thing, and we’re sure that tons of teens of all ethnic backgrounds have tried this before and been caught in the act.
The officer allegedly confronted the couple to see if they’d actually paid to see the film. When the couple couldn’t find their ticket stub, the woman allegedly told him that “I know we done wrong.”
The couple said that they’d been to a funeral that day and “weren’t thinking right.” They probably didn’t expect that by the end of the night, they’d be facing thousands in legal fees in a fight to stay out of prison. The couple was charged with a felony for not paying the $6.75 price of admission, and taken right to jail.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Portage Police Sgt. Keith Hughes said that after the legal proceedings are done, he hardly expects the couple to actually go to jail. But he is adamant that a felony could lead to jail time.