Housekeeper pleads to state charges in 'Ben' bust theft

PHILADELPHIA - April 23, 2013

Forty-seven-year-old Mobile, Ala., resident Andrea Lawton already faced up to 20 years in federal prison for pleading guilty in December to interstate transportation of stolen property for allegedly fleeing with the bust to Alabama in August.

Monday's plea in Montgomery County Common Pleas court dealt with the theft of the bust itself from a home in Lower Merion Township. The owner has claimed the bust, which was broken when authorities recovered it, is worth about $3 million.

Lawton's defense attorney Michael John says he's hoping any prison term Lawton receives for the state court charges will run concurrently to her pending federal sentence because "this is all one event."

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