Missouri man pleads guilty to cutting down walnut trees
PINEVILLE (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.