ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to stealing an Olympic gold medal that belonged to a member of the 2020 U.S. women’s volleyball team.
Police said the medal was stolen on May 25 after the Olympian found his car broken into in an Anaheim parking lot.
Jordan Fernandez of Anaheim pleaded guilty to felony counts including burglary and unauthorized use of personally identifiable information, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday.
A judge sentenced Fernandez, 32, to 364 days in jail and three years of probation, court records show. The judge gave him credit for the 179 days he had already served and an additional 179 days for good behavior, leaving him with six additional days to serve behind bars to complete his sentence.
The plea deal was offered by a judge, not prosecutors, over the objection of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Register reported.
Poulter was part of the team that won gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after the games were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A month after the medal was stolen, employees at a hair salon in Anaheim reported finding it in a plastic bag discarded outside their business, police said. They turned it over to the police, who returned it to Poulter.