The two men met while inmates in the Mahoning County Jail.
WARREN -- A 42-year-old Canfield man told his victims he was sorry and admitted he was guilty of stealing $15,800 from them.
Daniel Farah entered guilty pleas to five counts of theft during a brief hearing Wednesday before Judge W. Wyatt McKay of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Farah was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to make restitution to the victims, an elderly Vienna Township couple.
Farah had previously pleaded guilty to the crime but then asked the court to allow him to withdraw the guilty plea. Farah did not reveal why he decided to plead guilty again.
Farah, however, told the court that he owed the couple the money and said he was going to take his punishment "like a man."
LuWayne Annos, an assistant county prosecutor, said the thefts occurred after Farah met the couple's son in April 2001, when the two were inmates at the Mahoning County Jail.
The couple's son was in jail awaiting an appearance in federal court. He is doing time on drug charges.
Farah was in the Mahoning County lockup on a charge of receiving stolen property.
When Farah was released, he contacted the couple and told them that if they gave him money, he could get an attorney that would be able to help their son.
Annos said the couple thought the attorney would be able to get their son's sentence reduced.
The couple gave Farah five payments before they contacted authorities.
Farah was released two years ago from a federal prison after serving two years on a fraud conviction.