SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison for stealing a bronze statue of Mormon church leaders.

The Deseret News reports 53-year-old Larry Forness was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to felony theft.

The 800-pound (362-kilometer) statue of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young was stolen from a business park in Salt lake City in late May.

Forness was given prison time after failing to appear for a previous sentencing hearing. Two other men who were involved in the theft were sentenced in January to three years of probation.

William Ford and Jacob Ferguson both pleaded guilty to felony theft.

According to court documents, the men planned to cut up the $125,000 statue and sell the pieces as scrap metal.


Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com