It looks like the iPhone 4 debacle is getting one step closer to its end, as Brian Hogan, the man who found the iPhone 4 prototype last year, and Sage Wallower, the man who helped Hogan pitch the sale of the device to tech blogs, have been sentenced by the court.

The two were sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of public service, and a requirement to pay $250 each in restitution to Apple…

Apparently, the District Attorney wanted them to get them some jail time, but the judge decided otherwise:

“The judge considered that Wallower had served in the armed forces and Hogan was enrolled in San Jose State, and neither had any criminal record, and decided that jail time wasn’t required. Someone from my office called Apple’s general counsel. This is a fairly routine theft case. This was a couple of youthful people who should have known better.”

Looks like the case is closed.


  • CrazyBraulz

    Theft? Some dumbass left the PROTOTYPE in a bar after drinking a few and maybe too many… LOL! I think that they didn’t need to get any sort of punishment, but gladly they didn’t go to jail cause that would have been too much.

    • According to testimony, they found out who the phone belonged to while using it at home. When someone asked about the owner, one of the accused said, “He shouldn’t have lost his phone.” So they knew this phone belonged to someone and decided to sell it. Thus, it is theft. It is no different than finding someone’s car with the keys in it and running off with it.

  • Essence

    This has to be a joke….

  • Hey Sebastian where do you guys get all the info you put up?

  • Hey Sebastian where do you guys get all of the info you put on your blogs?

    • CrazyBraulz

      World wide web? Lol

    • seen this on 9to5 yesterday or the day before..but i stil stick around to iDB! 🙂

  • Eddie

    Jailtime over a lost iPhone? Seriously. The district attorney is corrupt or getting paid a good amount by apple. There are repeat offenders out there that do so much worse and never serve time. This should’ve never even been brought to court. Waste of time and taxpayers money

    • CrazyBraulz


    • Wintermute

      So if you left your phone, wallet, etc. in a bar and someone took it and sold it you wouldn’t consider it theft.

      • no, who stole an un-owned item should be considered a thief?

      • CrazyBraulz

        I’m not that stupid to leave my phone or wallet in a bar… Also I’m not oblivious to where my iPhone 4 is when I go places.

  • AvenGerMK

    its not like apple lost sales cuz people saw the iphone 4 specs ahead of release time. in actuality it probably gave them more customers since everyone was so stoked on the new ones looks and specs. stupid people no common sense

  • Jason Masters

    Michelle Bachman is a zombie you’ve been warned….

  • Austin

    I bet apple really needs that $500 lol

  • Stupid Apple. They “lose” prototypes on purpose, and they try to sue smart guys who decided to make some money off Apple’s stupidity? Nutjobs.