Sickly thief avoids more prison time after stealing Judy Garland's slippers

January 31, 2024

"The theft of the slippers sent shockwaves throughout the world," Martin's court-appointed attorney Dane DeKrey wrote in his sentencing response. Martin, from a wheelchair and carting an oxygen tank, pleaded guilty to stealing the slippers in mid-October 2023. "It wasn't an act meant to set off the international intrigue that it did," DeKrey wrote. "And it wasn't some cast of low-rent criminals trying to get paid," DeKrey wrote. At the time of the theft, the slippers were on loan to the museum in the town where Garland was born.