Man given probation for orchid theft

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A Bradenton man accused of stealing
$10,000 worth of orchids will spend a year on probation.

John-Nathan Allen Bass was expected to go to trial this week for
a felony grand theft charge. Instead Bass, 25, accepted a plea deal
and agreed to plead no contest to a charge of misdemeanor petit
theft.

According to a Bradenton Beach Police Department report, the
victim found Bass' truck outside his home and watched as Bass
loaded the vehicle with orchids. Bass drove off with the flowers
after the victim tried to stop him.

Bass' attorney, Paul Hudson, told The Bradenton Herald that his
client denies taking the plants, despite the plea deal. Hudson said
Bass has "always been adamant he didn't do it."


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