The thief, Kariem McFarlin, 35, is a former salesman who became homeless after losing his job, which led him to commit the burglaries. Reuters reports that, in return for his “no contest” plea, Santa Clara County prosecutors have agreed to recommend that McFarlin is sentenced to a maximum of seven years and eight months in prison for his crimes.
McFarlin was arrested in August and has been behind bars since. If he had not pled guilty, McFarlin could have been sentenced to up to 16 years in jail when he receives the final sentence in court in January.
During the burglary of Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto house, which was being renovated and therefore was unoccupied at the time, McFarlin reportedly stole two iMacs, three iPads, and Apple TV, two Tiffany necklaces worth a total of $58,000 and a Sodastream.
In questioning, McFarlin admitted he didn’t know he was inside Jobs’ home until he found a letter from the Apple co-founder.