Man who stole wedding ring from church to make it look like bride gets gold ring is sentenced
A man who used a wedding ring stolen from a church to sell it online and later pawned it on eBay is sentenced to prison, the latest in a string of similar thefts.
Mark J. Hensley, 39, of Virginia Beach, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in August.
He was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Virginia Beach to three years in prison.
Henson also pleaded guilty in July to one counts of wire fraud and one count each of mail fraud and wire fraud conspiracy.
Hensley said in court that he stole the ring from a chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Virginia on March 5, 2018, and that he used the ring to make an online claim to sell a ring at auction.
A friend and a third person who was with Hensleys family bought the ring for $600.
Henson and the third person agreed to take a photo of the ring and submit it to a seller who would then sell it for $2,000.
The ring was purchased from a third party.
Hensen then sold the ring on eBay and pawned the money, the court documents state.
The jewelry was returned to the church.HENSON: “I was going to pawn the ring because I thought it would be a nice gift for my friends.
I was very naive.”
HENSLEY: “When I sold it, I never thought it was going for more than $600.”
He was convicted of conspiracy and wire theft.HENSLEY, who was born in Florida, had been in the U.K. for about five years before returning to Virginia Beach.
The U.N. refugee agency has placed him in a safe location in London to avoid a repeat of the case.
He will also serve the remainder of his sentence in the federal penitentiary in Fort Worth.HENNSON: I wanted to do what I love to do.
I just wanted to help people.
I’m not here to help others.
This ring is not for sale.
“HENNSON’S FATHER: “It is a great story, I hope you get a chance to read it.
“HENSON’s attorney, Paul Henson, said his client did not know he was a convicted felon when he sold the stolen ring and the ring’s value was determined by the buyer.”
Mr. Hensen did not intend to defraud anyone and was not seeking money for it,” Henson said.
Hennson told the court he is remorseful and wants to be a better person.