Jury deadlocked over alleged thumb thief

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The jury is continuing to deliberate in the case of the thumb stolen in 2017 from a Chinese terra-cotta warrior exhibit at the Franklin Institute — despite jurors telling the judge they’re deadlocked. 


Michael Rohana, 23, from Bear, Delaware, is accused of breaking off — and taking home — the digit from the statue. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.  

Rohana’s defense attorneys have argued he had no intention of profiting off the 2,000-year-old thumb.

After about a day-and-a-half of discussions, the jury said they can’t come to a unanimous decision on whether or not Rohana is guilty of charges of theft and concealment of an object of cultural heritage from a museum. 

Judge Petrese Tucker called them into the courtroom after lunch: “Keep trying,” she said.

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