MANHATTAN (CN) – A historian was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for stealing and selling letters by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Edward J. Renehan Jr. was interim executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association in 2006 when he stole the letters and sold them through a Manhattan gallery for $97,000, of which he got $86,700, prosecutors said.
The letters were written on Aug. 9, 1791, by Washington, and March 1, 1840, by Lincoln.
U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said prison time was warranted because Renehan held a position of trust in the Association. Renehan pleaded guilty in May to interstate transportation of stolen goods.