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President Obama’s teleprompter may be more valuable than even his biggest critics claim. After all, a man who stole Obama’s teleprompter was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

“The theft of government property is a serious offense,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Roderick Young said during Virginia resident Eric Brown’s sentencing hearing. “It’s all the more serious when the property belongs to the White House Communications Agency.”

Brown, 49, agreed to the lengthy sentence in order to avoid being prosecuted for 14 other truck thefts, according to NBC News. Virginia sentencing guidelines stipulated a prison term of about three years for the theft of government property.

Over the past 30 years, Brown has been convicted of 36 crimes.

“If I had to sum up Mr. Brown’s character, it would be that he’s a thief,” Judge John A. Gibney said.

Still, Brown’s defense attorney David Lett told NBC the sentencing agreement “gives Mr. Brown the opportunity to start anew if he wants to do so.”

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