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Jail time for man with stolen Hitler bookmark

SEATTLE, KOMO NEWS - A Kenmore man was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail and 90 days of home detention for trying to sell a stolen 18-carat gold bookmark which reportedly was first given to Adolf Hitler by his mistress Eva Braun.

Christain Popescu, 37, also must surrender the historic bookmark to the U.S. government and serve three years on probation.

Popescu could have faced a much harsher sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for the crime, but the judge decided to impose a sentence within the standard guidelines of zero to six months imprisonment.

Popescu told the judge he was sorry for what he did, that he should not have done it, and that when found out it was stolen, he should have called the police.

But the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Woods, argued for prison time by pointing out that the significance of the Hitler bookmark i

Added: Jun-20-2009 Occurred On: Jun-19-2009
By: komakazzi
Tags: man, sentenced, jail, stolen, Hitler, bookmark
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States (load item map)
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