Brazilian Maid and Mother, 19, Gets 4 Years In Jail for Stealing Tub of Butter

Angélica Aparecida Souza TeodoroThe tub of butter she stole from a market in São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil, is worth less than US$ 1.50 (3.20 reais). The judge from the São Paulo’s 23rd Criminal Court, however, thought it was fair to send 19-year old maid Angélica Aparecida Souza Teodoro to jail for 4 years.

It also didn’t help that she had stolen the butter to prepare food for her two-year old son. Angélica, whose theft occurred on November 16 of last year, has already spent 128 days in the Pinheiros’ Temporary Detention Center known as cadeião (big jail), a place known for the cruelty prisoners are treated by the staff.

Their "reception" personnel at cadeião was known in the past for "welcoming" inmates with a "Polish corridor," a people-made passageway through which the prisoner passes getting blows from both sides of the human walls.

Ângela is expected to serve her sentence in a semi-open regime. This would allow her to work during the day, but she would still have to spend nights in jail.

The theft happened at a market in Jardim Maia, a poor neighborhood in the east side of São Paulo. The maid’s lawyer, Nilton José de Paula Trindade, is waiting for the ruling to be published in the Diário Oficial (Daily Gazette) to appeal the sentence.

According to Trindade, four years in jail is the minimum sentence contemplated by the Brazilian legislation for the crime committed by Ângela. He says, however, that he still believes the ruling can be reconsidered. "That’s because she is a first-time felon and has good police record."

The São Paulo branch of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) decried the sentence for what it considered a disparity between the crime and the state’s response to it, but they believe the ruling will be reviewed in the appeal.

Luí­s Flávio Borges D’Urso, OAB’s president, called the court decision "inconceivable and absurd."


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  • Dirlene Bindler

    Instead of spending money to keep this poor mother in jail, why the money is not turned into giving this woman an education pay for her 4 years in college so she can give a better life to her son. !!!! I can see asking her to do community work but OMG 4 years for stealing a tub of butter…

  • Allen Brown

    And the 3 that got $10.000 off my boat did not go to jail at all ????????????????????
    and it took 3 years to get them to court ???????

    time for some make them pay the other way

  • Jack Jackson

    A country that is run by thieves and incompetent people.
    Why not take the cowards way out and blame the Portuguese.
    It’s always someone elses fault.

  • ch.c.

    Ohhhhhh…and by the way……..
    Can no one realize yet…. the Brazilians junkies of this site, defending Lula and his policies, defending the economic failures of Brazil, defending the Brazilian (IN)Justice defending the Brazilian ATCs but accusing the US pilots…..HOW SILENT THEY SUDDENLY ARE ?????

    Hopefully they realize finally where the real truths are !

  • ch.c.

    but quite normal in a Banana Republic…..
    where politicians steal millions and millions, found guilty in vote buying by investigators, and then absolved …in secrets votes… their peers as much corrupted and guilty !!!!!!

    And Brazilian (IN)Justice and Impunity put those who stole 3 Reais in jail for 4 years !!!!!!!!

    No doubt that Lula the leftist, the “apparent defender of the poors” doesnt care at all !!!!

    Brazil is a shame to humanity. A TRAGEDY !!!!

  • bo

    Truer words were never spoken..
    than by Charles De Gaulle.

  • Amid

    Stolen chickens
    In the other hand:
    Brazil Justice is absolving politicians involved in the ‘Mensalao Gate’ where they were receiving illegal money in order to approve government project at the Congress.
    Circus country or what? LOL

  • Gringo

    You’re surprised?
    “is waiting for the ruling to be published in the DiÀƒ¡rio Oficial”

    TheyÀ¢€™ll be waiting a LONG time. This system of publishing things in the “DiÀƒ¡rio Oficial” is simply just one of the most inefficient and surreal systems that exist.

    BTW, it is nice that this woman gets 4 years for stealing a brick of butter, while Roberto Jefferson ADMITS on public record to receiving thousands of dollars in bribes from Lulaˢ۪s lightweights and gets nothing but a photo op, and canˢ۪t run for a political position until the population forgets (a few months). Nice system here folks, real nice.

    Oh and did I mention that the local prison will be allowing hundreds of HARD-CORE felons (serious repeat offenders including rapists, murderers and kidnappers) out for the holidays to visit their families? Cue twilight zone music!

  • alltheway

    Trying to be a “Serious” country huh ? .. somehow this “crime fighting” doesn’t make me feel any safer, but does proves it is easy to find crime when it s against the poorest..

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