Guard gets 180 days in jail for Lakers rings theft

A view of the 2000 Championship Ring of the Los Angeles Lakers taken during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
A view of the 2000 Championship Ring of the Los Angeles Lakers taken during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images

A former security guard who stole Los Angeles Lakers championship rings from a training center has been sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Mejia (Meh-HEE'-yuh) Monterroso pleaded no contest to grand theft Friday. He also will have to pay nearly $14,000 in restitution.
Monterroso was arrested in December.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old was a guard at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo last year when he took three championship rings and hundreds of gift cards during a night shift.

Police say they found two of the rings at his Inglewood home.
 

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