Travolta car case concludes
Image: Shawn B Smith 2010
Since the high profile theft last year of a classic car belonging to Hollywood actor, John Travolta, a lot of attention has been paid to the developing story.
The 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was originally taken from Travolta while he visited a Jaguar dealership back in September of 2011. It was subsequently recovered by the authorities, although it had been dismantled and many of the parts were missing.
The two men who were arrested in connection with the theft were eventually taken to court and, at the end of last month, they were sentenced by a judge to custodial sentences.
Michael T. Green is being the most severely punished, with a 14 year jail term handed down to him because of his involvement in various forms of automotive crime. This even included an operation which dismantled stolen vehicles to pass on the parts.
Mr D.L. Rayford Jr. has been sentenced to a 16 month jail term for his part in the robbery and will also be paying around $50,000 to Travolta, to cover the cost of the vehicle. Of course, this compensation may not account for its emotional value or the pain that its theft caused the famous owner.