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Two men sentenced to probation in theft of Apple’s lost iPhone 4 prototype

It all started back in March of 2010 when Robert Gray Powell, an Apple engineer, was celebrating his 27th birthday at Gourmet Haus Staudt, a German beer garden in Redwood City, California.  The beer garden was located approximately 30 minutes away from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.  Powell apparently had an iPhone 4 prototype in his possession for testing and accidentally left it at the beer garden.

Brian Hogan, (pictured) found the iPhone 4 prototype at the beer garden and took it home.  He then contacted his friend, Sage Wallower who helped Hogan try to sell the phone to different tech blog sites.  Both were formally charged with misdemeanor theft in August of 2011.

Today both Hogan and Wallower plead no contest to theft of lost property and each were sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of community service and $250 in restitution to Apple.  The district attorney had asked for jail time for the pair.  The presiding  judge opted for a lesser punishment in part because Wallower had served in the United States Navy and Hogan was taking classes at San Jose State.  Both defendants did not have any prior criminal records.


Casey Anthony ordered to serve probation in check fraud case

Orlando Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland has signed an amended court document ordering Casey Anthony to serve one year of supervised probation on her check fraud case number 2008-CF-013331-A-O.  Under the order, Casey Anthony must report to Orange County within 72 hours.

On January 25, 2010, Anthony was sentenced on 13 counts of fraud while she was in jail pending her trial for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony.  At that time, the sentence was 412 days in jail with credit for time served of 412 days, 1 year probation and court costs.  The original document sentencing Anthony back in Jan did not have the important words, “upon release” after the imposed requirement of 1 year of probation.

The new order by Judge Strickland, imposes 1 year of probation, $20 per month in cost of supervision and $348 in court costs.  Additionally, Anthony may not leave Orange County Florida without the permission of her probation officer.

The order can be seen here: Casey Anthony – Order