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Man who stole wedding ring from MAX stabbing victim sentenced to year in prison

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George Tschaggeny in court Tuesday. (KPTV) George Tschaggeny in court Tuesday. (KPTV)
Ricky Best (Family photo/KPTV) Ricky Best (Family photo/KPTV)

A man who stole the wedding ring from the finger of a man who was stabbed and killed on a MAX train was sentenced to one year in prison.

George Elwood Tschaggeny, 51, pleaded guilty last week to charges of first-degree theft, tampering with physical evidence and identity theft.

Tschaggeny was arrested in June.

Police said he was seen on surveillance video near 53-year-old Ricky Best after Best was attacked and killed on a MAX train near the Hollywood Transit Center in May.

Police said Best, along with 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, were killed attempting to intervene as Jeremy Christian made racial and religious slurs against two young women on the MAX train.

Micah Fletcher, 21, survived being stabbed. Christian is facing aggravated murder charges.

Tips led police to a homeless camp at the Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard overpass of Interstate 84 where Tschaggeny was found wearing Best’s wedding ring on his pinky finger, according to court documents.

Best’s backpack was also recovered, along with credit cards that had been removed from his wallet.

A probable cause affidavit states Tschaggeny admitted Best had died when he stole the items.

Tschaggeny was sentenced to 13 months in prison and five years drug court probation Tuesday.

In court Tuesday, Tschaggeny apologized to Best’s family.

Judge Eric Bloch commended Best’s son Eric Best for being in court Tuesday and showing forgiveness to Tschaggeny.

Often in cases like this, the offender is ordered to have no contact with the family. In this case, the Best family decided Tschaggeny can communicate with them through the mail at some point in the future.

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