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Thief sentenced to public humiliation

December 7, 2006

Albany -- It's a sight you certainly don't see every day. An Albany woman was forced to walk the streets announcing her crime to the world.

Twenty-three year-old Breanna Klewitz spent two hours walking in front of the Dougherty County Courthouse wearing a sign that read, "I am a thief. I stole what you worked for." In June, Klewitz took part in a burgalary at a sub shop where she worked.

Chief Superior Court Judge Loring Gray sentenced her to a total of eight hours of public humiliation. Instead of sending the first offender to jail or forcing her to pay a big fine,  Judge Gray ordered that she admit her guilt publicly by walking in front of the courthouse with the sign.

"It's a very humbling experience, the humiliation of people. Again, people are averting their eyes, trying to change the direction they're walking so they don't have to look at me. I'm viewed as a criminal no so much a person anymore," says Breanna Klewitz.

"If I had considered sending her to jail, she'd be sitting out there and nobody would know her. She would be eating at the taxpayer's expense. There wasn't any point to sending her to jail," says Judge Loring Gray.

Klewitz had two accomplices. Jerry Brantley was sentenced to three years in prison, but 19-year-old Trevor Moore will have to perform the same walk of shame as Klewitz.

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