Guilty Plea Entered In Moon Rocks Theft Case

Guilty Plea Entered In Moon Rocks Theft Case

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A former University of Utah physics student and two others pleaded guilty last week to charges that they stole and attempted to sell moon rocks from NASA.

Thad Ryan Roberts was charged with conspiracy to steal moon rocks from the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Tiffany Brooke Fowler and Shae Lynn Saur, who worked as student employees at NASA, also pleaded guilty.

Meanwhile, former Utah resident Gordon Sean McWhorter has decided to take his case to trial.

The maximum penalty for conspiracy to steal government property is five years, while the interstate transportation charge carries a possible ten years in prison.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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