Thumb thief case is declared a mistrial

UPDATED: 4:45 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After being deadlocked for two days, the jury has declared a mistrial in the case of the thumb stolen in 2017 from a Chinese terra-cotta warrior exhibit at the Franklin Institute. 

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Michael Rohana, 23, from Bear, Delaware, was accused of breaking off — and taking home — the digit from the statue. If convicted of theft and concealment of an object of cultural heritage from a museum, he would have faced up to 20 years in prison.  

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

Federal prosecutors have not said whether they’ll retry Rohana.

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