iPad Pinkie Ripper Gets 25 Years in Jail, Apologizes



A 22-year-old man got a 25-year jail sentence for a ripping off part of a man’s pinkie while stealing an iPad.

The Denver Post reported that Brandon Smith apologized to the victim, Bill Jordan, who did not appear in court for the sentencing hearing “because he fears for his life.”

The scales looked weighted after Brandon Smith reportedly thought his theft case would go away if the victim was ‘eliminated.’
“I would like to say I am sorry for what I did for messing up Bill Jordan’s finger and everything,” Smith said during his hearing. “All of this was motivated by drugs. I wish Bill Jordan were here today so he could hear me tell him I am sorry.”

Starting from square one: In 2010, Bill Jordan, then 59, had part of his finger amputated after Brandon Smith wrested a just-purchased iPad from him in the parking lot outside Denver’s Cherry Creek Mall store in April.
The Apple bag was looped around Jordan’s hand and the thief jerked hard several times to get it off — so hard that flesh came of Jordan’s left pinky.
A surgeon later amputated part of the damaged little finger on his dominant hand. In a jail interview last summer, Smith said he started stealing when he was 15 to support a heroin and meth habit.
Smilth pleaded guilty in September to aggravated robbery and second-degree assault.

Via Denver Post

  • Barney Gumble

    Drugs are bad….mmmmkay.

  • Alan

    25 years for hurting a mans finger? Good god.

  • Mac

    You are dumb. This is a horrible crime and to the person who had to lose part of their body to this hoodlum.  25 years isn’t long enough!

  • Figurative

    Oh come on, he’ll be out in 20 years if he’s on good behaviour.

  • Michael Dotson

    1: America has an incredibly warped justice system and even worse laws for drug abuse.
    2: This man does deserve jail time.  But he also need rehabilitation.  Those are two different things.

  • Jpardini

    This guy ordered a hit on his victim.  He is a street hood and hopefully someone gives him back some of his own medicine in jail.  Imagine how his victim feels not only after being robbed but learning that very criminal ordered a hit on you.  I hope that animal rots in jail and feels pain everyday he is in there.

  • Steven Chaffer

    Agreed. 80% or more inmates are in our prisons for crimes related to, or committed under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Its a shame that America, and the world for that matter, is blind to these facts.

  • Steven Chaffer

    But don’t get me wrong, the pinky ripper DOES need some serious consequences. 

  • Tcphoenixx

    but to give 25 years of your life, the same thing murderers and rapists get….ouch america your messed up

  • Active8 Canada Store

    oh my goodness, this is pretty scary, i know i will take somebody with me whenever i make a big purchase at a mall.

  • Chris

    this is 10 years longer than a murderer gets as maximum in Germany…this man’s life is fucked up.

  • OEB

    He didn’t get 25 years for ripping of the guy’s pinky.  He got it for the attempted murder charge when he placed a hit on the victim to ‘solve’ his legal problems.

  • Thewizardry

    25 Yrs is more than enough the kid is 22 a addict and probably homeless i think rehab and a 7 year sentenced would have been good with 6 years parole 25years isn’t enough!!! Your Crazy Guy

  • HerbalEd

    This story’s lazy author only hints at the conspiracy to murder sentencing that together with the theft conviction netted the culprit 25 years in prison. 

  • cassandralite

    I agree with herbaled and sonoftroy.  Way to go, Nicole, leaving out the most important part of the story–that the thief solicited a hitman to kill the victim.  So everyone else reading this who doesn’t click through misses the story.  From now on, stick to tech and leave the serious stuff to others.

  • Evan Benford

    what about the part where he tried to kill the guy via hitman…that deserves heavy jailtime. Rehab yes but dont sympathize him too much

  • DiamondDNice

    commenters should inform themselves of the facts of the case before disparaging a country’s legal system or calling all this unfair. it’s an attempted murder case. He’s not getting 25 for stealing an ipad. Inform yourselves.

  • SupaMac

    Amen, typical Cult of Mac sensationalist drivel

  • Sam Davis

    wow, you Americans are as bad as Chinese. 25 years. Why not just kill him and get it over with?