A Philadelphia woman pleaded guilty Monday in Montgomery County Court to taking a $3 million bust of Benjamin Franklin from a Bryn Mawr home where she worked as a house cleaner.
The bust, by the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, was recovered, but had been damaged in the theft.
Andrea Lawton, 47, pleaded in Judge Carolyn Tornetta Carluccio's courtroom to one count of burglary and one count of criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, at what was supposed to be the beginning of her trial on those charges.
She faces up to 20 years in prison for each charge, terms that could run end-to-end for a maximum sentence of 40 years. She is scheduled for sentencing in federal court May 20. She pleaded guilty there in December to interstate transportation of stolen property. Her sentencing on the county charges likely will take place after the federal sentencing.