Lenient Plea Deal Given To Man Who Stole Wedding Ring Off Of Hero Who Was Just Stabbed To Death

George Tschaggeny stole the wedding ring, wallet, and backpack from one of the heroes who was stabbed to death.

Portland, OR - The suspect who stole the wedding ring off of a murdered hero's finger has pleaded guilty in a deal where he will likely spend less than a year in jail.

George Tschaggeny, who is homeless, was convicted earlier in November of theft, identity theft, and tampering with physical evidence, according to KATU.

The incident occurred in May, aboard a Portland MAX train, when three men, Ricky John Best, age 53, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, age 23, and Micah Fletcher, age 21, tried to protect two young women, one wearing a hijab, from an anti-Muslim tirade.

The tirade came from Jeremy Christian, who responded by stabbing Best and Namkai-Meche to death. He also stabbed and seriously injured Fletcher.

After the attack, Portland police released surveillance video of the man who stole Best's wedding ring off of his finger, and also stole his backpack and wallet.

One day later, a Domino's Pizza employee recognized Tschaggeny. Police found him and he was wearing Best's wedding ring when he was arrested.

Best's backpack was also recovered by police, but an address book containing contact information for Best's friends from the Army was never found. His wallet was also not recovered, and Tschaggeny used Best's credit card five times before he was caught.

In his plea agreement, Tschaggeny wrote, "I unlawfully and knowingly stole personal property from Ricky Best during a catastrophe."

He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, and was given credit for 1 and 1/2 months already served waiting for trial. The sentence could get reduced for good behavior.

Tschaggeny has a prior history of three felony arrests in the past two years. In February, 2017, he pleaded guilty to auto theft. He was not charged in the other two incidents.

false