Lets be honest here. The US penal system disproportionately punishes those who don't have money to defend themselves. There is clear and strong correlation between the amount of money you have and how easily you get let off. Apparently if you're poor, you're automatically more guilty.
I'm seeing a bunch of cases coming up where the defense is "poverty" or "broken home" or "abused as a child".
All things being (otherwise) equal, these offenders should get away with no jail time as well.