The sentence for strong-arm robbery differs by state. For example, in the state of South Carolina, the crime is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, but in the state of California, it carries a two- to five-year prison sentence. Sentences also vary by additional state laws and circumstances.
Robbery differs from theft and burglary as it involves taking property from a person. The general definition of strong-arm robbery is the use of physical force or the threat of physical force to deprive an individual of goods or assets. No weapons are involved; instead, the perpetrator uses his body as a threat or weapon. Strong-arm robbery is a felony in every state.