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Rather than take matters into his own omnipotent hands by calling down a bolt of righteous lightning from the Southern California skies to smite the man who recently plundered his treasure trove of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull secrets and tried to sell them on the internet black market, Hollywood deity Steven Spielberg allowed the local justice system to punish the thief, who pleaded guilty yesterday to his crimes against cinematic archaeology:

Roderick Davis, 37, of Cerritos pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving stolen property and commercial burglary. As part of his plea deal, he will serve two years and four months in state prison.

He would have faced at least four years in prison if convicted of the charges, the District Attorney's Office said.

A call to a spokesman for Paramount, which will release the film in May, wasn't immediately returned.

Davis was arrested Oct. 4 in West Hollywood during a sting operation by detectives who learned that some of the stolen material was being offered for sale to several entertainment gossip Web sites.

They posed as potential buyers for the images and set up a meeting. When Davis arrived, they took him into custody.

Pleased that the courts had so swiftly and effectively dealt with the fiend who defiled his DreamWorks temple with his greed, Spielberg decided that enough justice had been dispensed on this day. With a meaningful nod of his head, the black-hooded assistant charged with the hourly flogging of the loose-lipped extra who had previously transgressed against the super-secret Indy 4 production immediately put down his cat o' nine tails, unlocked the shackles that prevent his escape, and took the prisoner outside for some unscheduled exercise and brief exposure to the sun.