By Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016

PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to going onto other people’s land without permission to cut down walnut trees.

Forty-year-old John Ellis, of rural Goodman, entered the plea Wednesday to two felony counts of theft and two felony counts of property damage as part of a plea agreement. He was given a suspended sentence and five years of probation.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) Ellis helped a couple and their two sons enter property in rural McDonald County to cut down the trees and harvest the logs.

They took down a total of 17 trees, with a total estimated value of about $8,500.

The four other defendants are charged with the same offenses and have hearings set for April 12.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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