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Tree theft leads to 15 months in prison for Des Moines man

(Radio Iowa News) – A Des Moines man has been sentenced to just over one year in prison for stealing trees from federal land.

A U.S. District Court judge sentenced 50-year-old Randall Todd Walker to 15 months in prison after he pled guilty to cutting down and removing 32 walnut trees from land controlled by the Department of the Interior, Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Federal and state investigators say the trees were taken from the Neil Smith Wildlife Preserve near Prairie City, at two areas near Des Moines, and near Lake Red Rock in Marion County. Walker was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release when he gets out of prison and will have to pay $56,225 in restitution.