Copper thief sentenced to 5 years

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By The Staff

James Blundy Jr., 42, of Williston was sentenced to five years in prison on June 15 in connection with the theft of copper from a rotation sprayer at Stevens Farms.
Blundy was one of three men arrested in connection with the theft on April 8. Blundy was charged with dealing in stolen property and grand theft. He is also responsible, along with two other men, to pay $30,000 restitution.
While it is Blundy's first time in court, a group of Williston farmers sent a letter to 8th Judicial Circuit Judge David A. Glant outlining the problems copper thefts have cause farmers and processors.
Signing the letter were: Duane Fugate, president of Woodrow Fugate & Sons, Inc.; Jerry M. Mills Jr., farmer; Rex Stevens, of Danny and Rex Stevens Farms; Koleen Neufeld, treasurer of B&G Seed Processors Inc., Freddie Bell, president of B&G Seed Processors, Inc.; Eric Barley of B&G Peanuts; David Benton of Benton Farms; Andy Robinson, manager of 35 Farms Inc., Avery Zeer of A&W Peanuts.
The farmers said in the letter that the replacement costs for damaged irrigation equipment can run $35,000 while a sprayer replacement can run $15,000.

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