The burglar who pleaded guilty to breaking into Hank Aaron's home and stealing his baseball rings has been handed a 50-year sentence.
The man from Georgia has found out that you certainly don't steal from Hall of Fame baseball legend Hank Aaron and he will now be on probation for half of century for his intrusion.
Aaron's baseball rings and his most prized possessions were stolen from his home but after the thieves came forward to confess they have received an incredible punishment for the act.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Steve Visser reports that Fulton County superior court judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua sentenced 24-year-old Isiah Slaton to eight years in prison and 42 years of probation.
Slaton along with his two accomplices broke into Aaron's home whilst the baseball hero was in New York attending the MLB All-Star game with his wife.
The burglary commenced on the 14th of July when the three thieves ransacked the premises for the baseball valuables.
Visser has reported that Aaron's All-Star’s baseball rings which would have included his 1957 World Series championship ring were stolen from the home and Visser explains that these particular valuables were destined to end up on display in the Hall of Fame.
Slaton also burgled two BMW's under the possession of the 80-year-old but ditched the vehicles after failing to disarm their "LoJack" satellite positioning systems.
The thieves were caught out when authorities were able to gain fingerprints of the men in question at the scene of the crime, this eventually lead to the arrest of Slaton.
The hefty punishment really illuminates the stance the state of Georgia takes on this kind of act.
80-year-old Aaron was purposely targeted for his inability to stop such an act and when asked about what had taken place, he responded that he felt “violated after his priceless possessions were stolen."