- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Two brothers have been sentenced to prison for their roles in stealing more than $11,000 in one-ounce silver coins from a Helena coin shop.

District Judge Mike Menahan sentenced 50-year-old William James Lawrence to 10 years in prison on Wednesday. He sentenced Lawrence’s brother, 43-year-old Steve Dubois, to eight years in prison during a hearing in March.

Prosecutors alleged surveillance video showed Lawrence distracted a clerk at Wayne Miller Coins and Dubois grabbed a box of coins on April 8, 2014.

Dubois acknowledged taking the coins. Officers recovered about half of the coins when they arrested Lawrence the next day. Court records say Lawrence told officers he and Dubois divided the stolen coins and he did not know where the rest were.

Both brothers were each held responsible for over $5,000 in restitution.

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