Man pleads guilty in theft of Robert Frost papers
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 2, 2013 9:28AM
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — A Vermont man charged with stealing original cards and letters written by poet Robert Frost has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a deal with prosecutors.
Tim Bernaby, 44, of Hartland accepted the plea deal Tuesday on a charge of unlawful taking of personal property, the Lebanon Valley News reported. The charge carries a $100 fine.
Police say Bernaby took two letters and 13 Christmas cards written by Frost. They say the documents were in a desk donated three years ago to a nonprofit agency where Bernaby worked. He then sold them for more than $25,000.
Bernaby says he found the papers in the trash. Most were addressed to Frost’s former secretary. A civil case will determine their lawful owner.
Bernaby had faced a trial on a felony embezzlement charge.