Crime & Justice

Man who tried to sell stolen art in Los Angeles gets 4 years

"Mexican Peasant" by Diego Rivera, paper, framed.
Los Angeles Police Department

Los Angeles prosecutors say a man who tried to sell millions of dollars in stolen art has been sentenced to more than four years in state prison.

Raul Espinoza pleaded no contest Friday to one count of receiving stolen property. Espinoza was arrested in October after trying to sell undercover FBI agents artwork worth more than $5 million.

Prosecutors say the paintings, including works by Chagall and Diego Rivera, were stolen from the Encino home of an elderly couple in 2008.

Authorities got a break in the case when a detective got a tip that a man in Europe was trying to sell the art.

The 45-year-old Espinoza was caught at a hotel after trying to sell the nine works for $700,000. Three paintings are still missing.