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Published September 29, 2010, 08:19 AM

Kansas man to be sentenced in 5-state farm theft

WICHITA, Kan. — A man convicted of stealing farm equipment and transporting it to his Kansas farm faces sentencing in a five-state theft operation.

WICHITA, Kan. — A man convicted of stealing farm equipment and transporting it to his Kansas farm faces sentencing in a five-state theft operation.

Matthew T. Jones was scheduled to go before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday in federal court in Wichita.

Jones pleaded guilty in May to three counts of interstate transportation of stolen goods. He agreed to pay $1.15 million in restitution.

Prosecutors say Jones and co-defendant Ryan Hanzlick stole large pieces of farm equipment between 2005 and 2008 from Wyoming, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.

Hanzlick was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison and ordered to pay $329,900.

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