- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - The former manager of a Colorado art studio has been sentenced to four years of probation for his role in the theft of dozens of prints, including the “Afghan Girl” photograph that once graced the cover of National Geographic.

The Durango Herald reports (https://goo.gl/g9AUlf ) 31-year-old Brandon Donahue pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors say he conspired with Bree DeStephano, a former Pennsylvania art gallery employee, to sell dozens of prints belonging to Steve McCurry, whose “Afghan Girl” appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic.

DeStephano worked at Steve McCurry Studios, which gave her access to McCurry’s prints, books and other items. She conspired with Donahue, who was manager of a gallery in Durango, to sell the stolen prints.

DeStephano has pleaded guilty to her role.


Information from: Durango Herald, https://www.durangoherald.com

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