Couple sentenced in Picasso's stolen artworks trial

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Couple Receives Sentence In Picasso's Stolen Artworks Trial

Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the world's greatest artists, so it's not surprising that some people would try to benefit off his artwork.

A French couple has received a two year suspended sentence following a trial regarding stolen works of the famed painter.

A court in Grasse, France found Pierre le Guennec and his wife Danielle guilty of possessing 271 original pieces by Picasso that were stored in the pair's garage for nearly four decades.

75-year-old Pierre wasn't happy with the ruling. Since the beginning he's been adamant that the artist and his wife gave him the artwork while he was working on Picasso's property.

Pierre stated, "We're disappointed. We're honest people. Perhaps we don't know how to speak..."

The artist's family said the pieces were never given to the couple.

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Couple sentenced in Picasso's stolen artworks trial
Pierre Le Guennec (R), who is accused of receiving stolen goods after being found in possession of paintings by late Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, sits with his wife Danielle at the court in Grasse, southeastern France on February 10, 2015. Le Guennec, a former electrician, is set to go on trial along with his wife for receiving stolen goods regarding some 271 artworks by Picasso which Le Guennec claims were given to him by Picasso and his wife Jacqueline when he carried out work on their villa in Mougins in the 1970's. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Pierre Le Guennec, who is accused of receiving stolen goods after being found in possession of paintings by late Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, gestures at the court in Grasse, southeastern France on February 10, 2015. Le Guennec, a former electrician, is set to go on trial along with his wife for receiving stolen goods regarding some 271 artworks by Picasso which Le Guennec claims were given to him by Picasso and his wife Jacqueline when he carried out work on their villa in Mougins in the 1970's. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
The artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) with his dog at La Californie, Cannes, in 1961.
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: A visitor looks at the painting 'Femme dans la loge' by Pablo Picasso during the opening for the press of the exhibition 'Fuego blanco' (White Fire), on loan from the Kunstmuseum Basel while it is closed for renovations, which can be visited until september 14, 2015 at the Reina Sofia Museum, on March 17, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quim Llenas/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: The director of the Prado Museum Miguel Zugaza attends a TV team in front of the painting 'La Pareja' (The Couple) by Pablo Picasso during the opening for the press of the exhibition '10 Picassos del Kunstmuseum'. The ten Picasso paintings are on loan from the Kunstmuseum Basel while it is closed for renovations, and can be visited until September 14, 2015 in the central gallery of the Prado Museum, on March 17, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quim Llenas/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: A visitor walks past the painting 'Muchachas a la orilla del Sena, segun Courbet' (Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine, after Courbet) (L) by Pablo Picasso during the opening for the press of the exhibition '10 Picassos del Kunstmuseum'. The ten Picasso paintings are on loan from the Kunstmuseum Basel while it is closed for renovations, and can be visited until September 14, 2015 in the central gallery of the Prado Museum, on March 17, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quim Llenas/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: A visitor looks at the painting 'Mujer con guitarra' (Woman with a guitar) by Pablo Picasso during the opening for the press of the exhibition '10 Picassos del Kunstmuseum'. The ten Picasso paintings are on loan from the Kunstmuseum Basel while it is closed for renovations, and can be visited until September 14, 2015 in the central gallery of the Prado Museum, on March 17, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quim Llenas/Getty Images)
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in Antibes, France, in the summer of 1946. (Photo by Michel Sima/RDA/Getty Images)
1946: Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) holding a piece of sculpture. (Photo by George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
This file pictured dated 13 October 1971 shows Spanish painter Pablo Picasso in Mougins, France. The town of Guernica will commemorate next 26 April 2007 the 70th anniversary of the 1937 bombing by planes of the German Luftwaffe 'Condor Legion' and subordinate Italian Fascists from the Corpo Truppe Volontarie expeditionary force during the Spanish Civil War which resulted in widespread destruction and civilian death. AFP PHOTO/RALPH GATTI (Photo credit should read RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images)
A portrait taken on October 18, 1971 at his studio in Mougins shows Spanish painter Pablo Picasso talking with his wife Jacqueline (L). AFP PHOTO RALPH GATTI (Photo credit should read RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images)
8th November 1955: Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, designer and ceramicist Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) at a bullfight near Cannes with French poet and film director Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
A photo taken on August 2, 1954 in Vallauris shows Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (C), flanked by singer Yolanda (L) and his son Claude (L), attending a corrida. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JEAN MEUNIER/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Picture dated probably in 1930 in Paris of Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973), a Spanish painter and sculptor, born in Malaga (Spain) and established in Paris in 1904. His major creation is 'Guernica' (1937, Madrid) expressing in synthetic Cubism his horror of the bombing of this Basque town during the Spain Civil war. After WWII Picasso joined in Paris the communists. N/B B/W (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
A portrait taken on April 1949 in Vallauris shows Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on August 2, 1954 in Vallauris shows Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and his son Claude during a fighting bull. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JEAN MEUNIER/AFP/Getty Images)
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