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No Jail for Nabbing IPhone 4 Before Launch

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A county judge imposed a sentence of probation on the two bar patrons who found an iPhone 4 prototype last year and sold it to technology bloggers.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brian Hogan, 22, and Sage Wallower, 28, pleaded no contest Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court to the misdemeanor charge of theft of lost property.

Judge Stephen Hall opted for probation, community service and restitution route over prosecutors' demand for five-day jail sentences.

In August, authorities dropped the charges against Jason Chen, the Gizmodo blog editor who paid $5,000 to buy the stolen device.

An Apple engineer had left the much-ballyhooed prototype behind at the Gourmet Haus Staudt bar in Redwood City on March 25, 2010.

Once it got its hands on the phone, Gizmodo dismantled it and published an autopsy-like review.

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