Man With Brain Damage Who Can't Remember Crime Gets Probation

A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to a year's probation for crimes his defense attorney said the man can't recall since a brain injury suffered in a car accident.

Not only that, but defense attorney Stephen Misko said 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 reported 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 said Eshenbaugh has "turned his life 180 degrees."

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