Thief of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Slippers Won’t Do Jail Time

February 6, 2024

The sequined ruby slippers, worn by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in her birthplace, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 2005. They were recovered in a sting operation in Minneapolis in 2018, but no one was charged until last year. Terry Jon Martin, 76, plead guilty to stealing the slippers in a Michigan court last year. He is currently said to be in his final days in hospice care. Last month, Martin was sentenced to just one year probation and ordered to pay $23,500 in restitution to the museum at $300 a month until he dies.

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