There was actually “no place like residence” for a 76-year-old terminally in poor health thief trying to get in a single final heist earlier than he died.
Terry Jon Martin, a former mobster, admitted to stealing the famed ruby slippers in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The sneakers have been worn by Judy Garland within the 1939 basic, “The Wizard of Oz.”
Martin ended up chucking the sneakers two days later after realizing the “ruby” slippers weren’t precise gem stones — and thought he could not make a revenue. He didn’t know the sneakers have been insured for $1 million.
Martin’s protection lawyer, Dane DeKrey, explained in a sentencing memo on Monday that earlier than stealing the sneakers, Martin hadn’t dedicated a criminal offense in over a decade. However, he mentioned, an unidentified former buddy wanted assist stealing the slippers, and Martin admitted he couldn’t resist.
“At first, Terry declined the invitation to take part within the heist. However outdated habits die arduous, and the considered a ‘remaining rating’ stored him up at night time,” DeKrey wrote. “After a lot contemplation, Terry had a felony relapse.”
Martin is at present on hospice and is predicted to reside one other six months, leaving his authorized group to plead for no jail time.
“Martin is on oxygen always,” the memo said. “A medical dedication was made that Martin’s sickness is terminal, and his life expectancy is lower than six months.”
Martin pleaded responsible to theft final October. His formal sentencing is about to happen on January 29.