Monett man pleads guilty in tractor thefts

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Perryman enters plea just before jury sworn in

A Monett man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a string of tractor thefts in 2013.

Howard Perryman, 64, of Monett, pleaded guilty to four counts of receiving stolen property and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle just prior to a jury being sworn in and a trial taking place on Tuesday. He will appear for sentencing at 9 a.m. on June 17, and each of the counts are listed as class C felonies.

The case against Perryman began in 2010, when he allegedly stole three tractors and one skid steer, selling them to an informant cooperating with law enforcement.

The tampering charge arose when Perryman allegedly stole a one-ton truck in Dade County, attaching to it a flat bed trailer, which he used to allegedly steal other items.

Perryman is also facing charges in four other Missouri counties, Lawrence, Greene, Webster and Dade, for stealing other farm equipment and cattle.

Perryman was convicted and did prison time stemming from a 1988 case that involved the theft of cattle. According to Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, cattle owned by Cherry Warren, of Exeter, were rebranded and recovered out of state. Perryman was later named by grand juries in 1997 and 1998 probes.

Epperly said he was suspicious when Perryman posted bond in 2010. Barry County Detective Doug Henry was assigned to continue the investigation into Perryman's activities. Henry worked with the task force and the Highway Patrol.

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