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Man gets 50 days for Sacagawea statue theft – KATU / AP

ASTORIA, Ore. – The man who stole a statue of Sacagawea and her baby from a national park in January pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday and was sentenced to just 50 days in jail, prosecutors said.

Marcus D. Bologna, 32, of Gearhart, pleaded guilty to charges that included first-degree aggravated theft, first-degree criminal mischief and abuse of a venerated object.

According to Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis, Oregon sentencing guidelines prevented Circuit Judge Philip Nelson from imposing a more severe sentence. The prosecutor did not specifically explain why in a press release.

The aggravated theft charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Bologna had a criminal record that included felony burglary and three misdemeanors, prosecutors said.

The 5 1/2-foot bronze statue of Sacagawea and Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was discovered missing from Fort Clatsop National Memorial Park near Astoria on Jan. 20. It was worth an estimated $20,000.

Prosecutors said Bologna tried to sell pieces of the statue to a Portland scrap metal yard but was turned down. Eventually, three people in Bend were arrested after selling pieces of the statue for $517, prosecutors said. The status of those three was not clear Wednesday.

Authorities said such crimes occur because people sell metal to get fast cash to buy illegal drugs.

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