2 Texans accused of tractor thefts appear in court

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Posted on June 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Prosecutors say two men who stole tractors in Texas and sold them in Louisiana appeared federal judge in Lafayette, who accepted the guilty plea of one defendant and sentenced the other to prison.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik sentenced 48-year-old Vincent L. Simmons, of Porter, Texas, on Thursday to 2½ years in prison for his part in the scheme.

Forty-year-old Carey Dale Reed, of Conroe, Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Haik did not set a sentencing date for Reed.

Finley says Simmons and Reed conspired to steal a John Deere mower, a CASE Skidster front-end loader and a Kubota KX 61 mini-excavator. She says they were sold to Calcasieu Parish couple, who were part of the scheme.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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