Olney Ranch Owner Sentenced for Shooting Crop Duster

Olney Ranch Owner Sentenced for Shooting Crop Duster

Stephen Paul Riley is sentenced to 10 years federal prison.  He'll also have to pay $3600 in restitution.

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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