Pair gets prison in angel statue snatch

March 20, 2009 5:33:51 AM PDT
Two men who stole an 8-foot-tall, 1,200-pound bronze angel statue from the National Centre for Padre Pio in eastern Pennsylvania have been sentenced to state prison.

VIDEO: Lisa Thomas-Laury reports on the theft in Sept. 2008

Thirty-one year old John Hammond Jr. of Spring City and 31-year-old Jamie Custer of Norristown apologized at their Berks County Court sentencing hearing on Thursday.

Judge James Bucci sentenced Hammond to 21 months to six years, and Custer to one to two years plus six years of probation.

And he says the two men, who sold the statue for scrap metal for $952, must pay $89,000 in restitution.

The statue was stolen in September from the shrine near Barto. Padre Pio was a 20th century Italian monk who was canonized in 2002.

Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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