Olney Ranch Owner Sentenced for Shooting Crop Duster

Published 05/17 2013 04:36PM

Updated 05/17 2013 04:53PM


An Olney ranch owner is sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after being found guilty of shooting a crop duster flying over his land.

Forty-one year-old Stephen Paul Riley will also have to pay $3600 in restitution after being found guilty of destruction of an aircraft.

He bonded out of jail after his initial arrest, but authorities say he violated conditions of his pre-trial release and was arrested May 10.

In Feb. 2008, a pilot of a crop-dusting plane reported his aircraft was shot.

Bullets pierced a hole in the aircraft's left rear wing.

It took authorities more than two years to gather evidence to charge Riley with the crime.

Authorities say he'd threatened the crop-dusting company's owner, both in person and by phone on several occasions.

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