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Published July 06, 2010, 09:12 AM

Kansas man has plea hearing in farm theft case

WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas man is expected to plead guilty to the thefts of large farm equipment from five states.

WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas man is expected to plead guilty to the thefts of large farm equipment from five states.

A change-of-plea hearing for 32-year-old Ryan Hanzlick of Gem was scheduled Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

Hanzlick and another man were charged with stealing equipment between November 2005 and April 2008 in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Among the stolen items were tractors, trailers, a combine, a grain cart and a planter.

Co-defendant Matthew Jones of Colby pleaded guilty in May and agreed to pay more than $1.1 million in restitution.

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