A Dallas man has been sentenced to prison for stealing sausages.

Patrice Montand Thomas, 50, already had an extensive criminal record before he attempted to shoplift a package of hot links from a local grocery store two years ago.

During a Thursday hearing in the 354th District Court, Thomas entered a guilty plea to a charge of theft of property of the value of less than $1,500, with two or more previous convictions.

Under a plea bargain arrangement, Thomas was sentenced to eight years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.

The potential penalty Thomas was facing was enhanced due to his previous convictions and Thomas was returned to Hunt County from a state jail for the hearing.

The indictment alleged Thomas stole the hot links from the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Greenville on April 17,2010 and was arrested the same day.

Thomas had been previously convicted of three misdemeanor theft charges, as well as three felony theft charges, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of burglary since 1991.

The felony theft charge Thomas was facing carried a maximum sentence upon conviction of from two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

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