Sentencing

Man Who Stole Obama's Teleprompter Sentenced to 7 Years

Technically he stole the truck it was in, along with several other trucks

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A Virginia man, whose career as a truck thief came to an end when he unwittingly stole a truck containing President Barack Obama's teleprompter, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday.

Eric Brown, 49, pleaded guilty in January to theft of government property. The sentence, by U.S. District Court Judge John Gibney Jr., helped resolve the theft of more than a dozen other trucks in the Richmond area, of which Brown was a suspect.

Brown stole the truck, used by the White House communications staff, from a hotel parking lot ahead of an October 11 appearance by Obama, according to court papers.