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Olney Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Crop Dusting Airplane

Stephen Paul Riley is charged with destruction of an aircraft.
    An Olney man pleads guilty to a federal charge alleging he shot a crop duster that was flying over his property.
    A federal indictment charges 41-year-old Stephen Paul Riley with destruction of an aircraft.
    In Feb. 2008, a pilot of a crop-dusting plane reported his aircraft was shot.
    Bullets caused a hold 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 had threatened the crop- dusting company's owner both in person and by phone on several occasions.
    He was reportedly upset that the planes were disturbing pheasants he kept in pens.
    Authorities say they also have a video showing Riley shooting at another crop dusting plane in 2007, firing approximately 23 rounds.
    Palo Pinto County authorities issued a search warrant in 2010 on Riley's property and as a result, two charges of  attempted murder and two charges of theft were filed.
    Riley faces a maximum penalty of 20 years on the federal charges and a $250-thousand fine.
    Sentencing is set for May 21.
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