DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO/KFGO) – The Grand Rapids, Minnesota man accused of stealing the iconic “The Wizard of Oz” ruby slippers from the Judy Garland Museum is expected to change his plea to guilty in court next week.
According to federal charges, Terry Martin, 76, allegedly stole the slippers worn by Garland from the Grand Rapids museum back in 2005.
The slippers wereWhen the owner was given them back, he noted that .
In May, five years after the sting operation, Martin was charged with one count of theft of major artwork in U.S. District Court in the District of Minnesota. He pleaded not guilty in June. Martin requested a public defender and is being represented by Moorhead attorney Dane DeKrey in the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Greenley from the District of North Dakota will prosecute the case. Martin was released with conditions pending the trial.
Now, court records show that Martin will be changing hisat a 10 a.m. court hearing next Tuesday, October 10 in Duluth.
Federal prosecutors say the ruby slippers were insured for $1 million, but “current fair market appraisal value the slippers at $3.5 million.”
Four known pairs of the ruby slippers exist. The recovered slippers were sent to the Smithsonian, where conservators examined them and determined the ruby slippers were authentic.