Man gets 6 months in jail for stealing part of Paul Walker's Porsche

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday for stealing part of a Porsche Carrera GT that actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery crash last year in Santa Clarita.

Anthony Edward Janow was also sentenced to three years of formal probation for taking a roof panel from the Porsche while sheriff's officials were investigating the crash that killed Walker and a friend.


Janow pleaded guilty in August to felony grand theft of personal property and one misdemeanor count each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

Another man, Jameson Brooks Witty, 19, pleaded no contest this year to misdemeanor charges that included grand theft, destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail and three years of probation.

Janow and Witty stole the roof panel from a tow truck that was carrying the destroyed Porsche away from the crash site on the night of Nov. 30, 2013. The tow truck was stopped at a red light in Valencia, authorities said. The men took the item even though a deputy told them they couldn't take any vehicle parts, according to investigators.

A photograph of the roof was posted on an Instagram account@jamesonwitty, which claimed the item was a piece of the Porsche from the crash. The Instagram user later posted an apology, saying he took the roof to create a memorial out of it. 

"Paul was a childhood idol to me and many. At the time I was not thinking about the consequences it could have. I never wanted it to be like this. I wasn't going to sell the piece to make a profit,"  the message read. "Nobody in this world is perfect, we all make mistakes. Some bigger than others."

Walker, 40, died from traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche crashed into a light pole and burst into flames. Roger Rodas, 38, Walker's financial advisor and friend, was behind the wheel of the car when it crashed and was also killed.

The sports car was traveling at more than 90 mph, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department report.

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