Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lawton pleads guilty

Andrea Lawton, the ex-house cleaner who stole a valuable bust of Ben Franklin from a Bryn Mawr client's house, accepted a deal and pled guilty to interstate

Lawton pleads guilty

Here's part of my story from today's Inquirer. For the full account of Tuesday's hearing, visit

In exchange for her pleading guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, federal prosecutors will recommend to U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II that the second count against her, concealing stolen property, be dismissed. The bust is said to be valued at $3 million.

The deal means a lower maximum prison sentence for the 46-year-old Lawton. The two counts meant as many as 20 years behind bars. Under the single count she pleaded guilty to Tuesday, the maximum possible sentence is 10 years. She also could be fined up to $250,000 and have three years of supervised release after prison.

Jones set sentencing for March 12.

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