Judge Jose Villanueva in Cleveland sentenced 34-year-old Brian Diamond of Columbia Station today on his guilty plea to charges including theft.
The bells, worth more than $5,000, were stolen last summer from in front of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Olmsted Falls. The bells were imported from Russia six years ago and were a memorial gift from a parishioner.
According to The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Diamond’s attorney said the bells were stolen to finance a drug habit. The judge ordered drug treatment.