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Judge to sentence farm theft suspect

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A McDowell man is scheduled to be sentenced today in Stone County Circuit Court in Galena on 10 counts of receiving stolen farm equipment.

Richard Hert, 48, will be sentenced by Judge Alan Blankenship. The case was moved from Barry County to Stone County on a change of venue.

Hert entered an open plea of guilty on Nov. 28, 2011, to 10 counts of receiving stolen property and first degree tampering. Hert and co-defendant Howard Perryman, 62, of Monett, were charged with involvement in the possession and sale of numerous pieces of farm machinery that had been stolen from many locations in southwest Missouri.

The arrests followed a month-long investigation that involved the Missouri State Highway Patrol and sheriff's departments from Barry, Lawrence, Barton, Dade, Greene, Jasper and Newton counties. Undercover officers posing as buyers recovered over $110,000 of farm equipment sold at minimal prices.

Additional equipment was recovered in McDowell when arrests were made. Property was traced to Marionville and Aurora and as far away as Hickory County.

Hert faces up to seven years in prison on each count. Perryman is scheduled to appear in Barry County Circuit Court later this month.

The case against Hert is being prosecuted by Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox.

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