Perryman sentenced in 2010 case

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monett man gets 30 years, still has cases pending

A Monett man was sentenced recently for a string of Barry County thefts in 2010.

Howard Perryman, 64, of Monett, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of receiving stolen property and one count of tampering. Perryman received 15 years for each of the five counts, with three sentences running concurrent and two running consecutive for the total of 30 years.

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 is also awaiting the results of multiple other cases in Barry and surrounding counties. He was arrested on July 11, 2013, following an extensive investigation and a pursuit that extended from the Bois D'Arc Conservation Area in Greene County to rural Monett. Perryman was also charged on July 12, 2013, in Greene County Circuit Court with felony theft.

According to Sergeant Jason Pace, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the gooseneck trailer, two four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicles, a 16-foot flatbed bumper hitch trailer and a 12-foot John Deere bush hog, were all seized by officers in different locations, in Christian, Dade, Jasper and Webster counties.

Pace said the amount of property traced to thefts where Perryman was implicated exceeded $100,000. Stolen items included trucks, tractors, utility vehicles and cattle.

Epperly said Perryman, a longtime resident of the Verona area, had access to several properties where stolen property could be placed, but did not own the land.

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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