Burglar who stole Hank Aaron's baseball rings sentenced to prison

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 05, 2014 12:30 PM

(Reuters) - A man who burglarized the Atlanta home of baseball legend Hank Aaron and stole “priceless” rings destined for the Baseball Hall of Fame has been sentenced to eight years in prison and 42 years on probation.

Isiah Slaton, 24, pleaded guilty late Monday to burglary and theft charges. He admitted burglarizing Aaron’s home last July and taking team baseball rings and two BMW vehicles, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office said.

In a statement, Aaron called the rings “priceless” and said he intended to donate them to the Hall of Fame.

Aaron, who is now 80, broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record as an Atlanta Brave in 1974. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday in the trial of one of Slaton’s co-defendants. Charges against a third man are pending.

(Reporting By David Beasley in Atlanta; Editing by Grant McCool)