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Art Dealer Who Stole Paintings From Ron Wood Receives 4 Year Jail Sentence

British art dealer Jonathan Poole has been sentenced to four years in jail for stealing works by John Lennon, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Miles Davis and others.

Poole pled guilty to 26 charges of fraud and theft between 1986-2013, during which he made a reported $664,000 by selling the stolen works -- including, in Wood's case -- portraits of Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Marilyn Monroe and Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger. During the trial, prosecutors said Poole stole the pieces "either to fund a gambling habit, or to stash away money for later life."

Wood recently published his fifth book, Ron Wood: Artist and is currently touring Europe with the Stones.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.