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Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Sell Paintings From Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Art Heist

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    Thieves cut Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" from the empty frame at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990.

    A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to pretending he had access to paintings stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history and fraudulently trying to sell them on the internet for millions of dollars.

    Todd Andrew Desper pleaded guilty in Boston's federal court Thursday to wire fraud and attempted wire fraud. He's scheduled to be sentenced in May.

    Prosecutors say Desper solicited buyers on Craigslist for two paintings he claimed were among 13 stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. Prosecutors say Desper had no access to or information about the stolen paintings.

    The FBI has said two suspects who masqueraded as police officers to rob the museum of $500 million worth of masterpieces are dead.

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    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)

    Desper's attorney didn't immediately respond to an email Thursday.

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