Off Da Bone: Waco Ribs Theft Earns Man 50 Years in Jail

This is one of the most entertaining and intriguing stories I have read in awhile. Willie Smith Ward, 43, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing a rack of pork ribs from H-E-B store at 1102 Speight Ave in Waco, Texas.

Mr. Ward tried to pilfer the ribs from the store by concealing them under his shirt. When an employ who had noticed Willie's 'the bulge' confronted him outside in the parking lot Ward threatened to pull a knife on him.

The employee testified that he asked Ward what was under the shirt and the slab of ribs fell to the ground. He asked Ward what else he was hiding and Ward said, “I got a knife.”

The employee told Ward, “Now you just turned a ticket into a 
serious crime.”

“If you don’t leave me alone, I’ll show you what I got,” Ward said, according to the employee’s testimony. Ward then ran off.

Oddly enough, the fifty year sentence is not the most surprising thing about the story. After all, Mr. Ward is a habitual criminal with five felony and four misdemeanor convictions accredited to his name. Before his trial he rejected an offer of a 20-year plea sentence from the DA.

The most eye popping piece of this story is that the rack of ribs from H-E-B cost 35 bones!  Naturally this leads me to wonder if the greatest ribs in the world can be found at a Waco, Texas, grocery store of all places! Please, if you've ever been to Waco, Texas, or know someone that has, fill Off Da Bone in about your experience with the ribs from H-E-B. We know Willie Smith Ward has champaign taste on a bum wine budget, now lets see if he's got a great eye for talent.

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