BUTLER, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to a year’s probation for crimes his defense attorney says the man can’t recall since a brain injury suffered in a car accident.
Not only that, but defense attorney Stephen Misko says 23-year-old Christian Eshenbaugh has become a “completely different person” as he struggles to regain his memory and motor skills – and no longer has a penchant for petty crimes fueled by drug use.
The Butler Eagle reports Eshenbaugh pleaded guilty to stealing aluminum tire rims 20 to 30 at a time from a Butler County salvage yard. In all, he took more than 2,000 rims worth more than $33,000 in the two months before he was injured in 2013.
At Wednesday’s sentencing, Misko says Eshenbaugh has “turned his life 180 degrees.”