Jasper Johns' former assistant pleads guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Jasper Johns assistant has told a New York judge he transported works of art stolen from the pop artist's Connecticut studio over state lines.

James Meyer, of Salisbury, Connecticut, was Johns' studio assistant for over 25 years. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to interstate transportation of stolen property.

Meyer admitted he lacked permission to take or transport art from 2006 to 2011. That's when prosecutors say he removed 22 pieces from Johns' studio in Sharon, Connecticut.

Meyer took them to a Manhattan art gallery where he provided the owner with fictitious authentication papers.

Prosecutors say the gallery sold the artworks for $6.5 million. Meyer got half the proceeds.

He has agreed not to challenge any sentence between three and four years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 10.

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