Sellers of Lost iPhone 4 Prototype Get Probation

The long saga of a lost iPhone prototype has finally come to an end.

Brian John Hogan, 22 years old, and Sage Robert Wallower, 28, pleaded no contest on Tuesday to misdemeanor theft of lost property for selling an Apple Inc. iPhone prototype for $5,000 to a technology blog in 2010. The pair was sentenced to one year of probation and 40 hours of public service, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe.

Messrs. Hogan and Wallower are also required to pay Apple a total of $250 in restitution. Mr. Wagstaffe said the pair are allowed to keep the $4,750 they made on the sale.

The sentencing brings to a conclusion a particularly weird episode — even by Silicon Valley’s skewed standards. At one point, a special police task force kicked in a reporter’s door in search of evidence.

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