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(AP) Lawyers for Romanians charged with stealing paintings by Monet, Matisse and Picasso from a Dutch museum say their clients will plead guilty in the hopes of getting a reduced sentence.

Lawyer Maria Vasii said they would enter the guilty pleas at the next hearing Oct. 22, hoping the sentences would be reduced by one-third. They could face a maximum 20 years for the theft.

The paintings have not been recovered. Insurers Lloyds of London was listed outside the court Tuesday as a civil party in the trial. Vasii said the Triton Foundation, which owned the seven paintings, have been paid some 18 million euros ($23.8 million).

Another defense lawyer, Catalin Dancu, said his clients did not realize that paintings they stole from Rotterdam's Kunsthal gallery in October were genuine masterpieces.

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