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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tyson theft guilty plea

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 1:23 PM

A 19-year-old Fayetteville man has entered a guilty plea to a federal theft charge stemming from pilfering cash during a party Dec. 27 at a home in Johnson, Ark., and then carrying it across state lines.

Interesting. The U.S. attorney's news release didn't mention the fact that made this case interesting -- that the theft, reportedly by three men, was of a stash of $140,000 to $160,000 kept in poultry magnate John Tyson's house. The Fayetteville man admitted taking $45,000, $30,000 of which was recovered.

You keep about $150,000 in spare change around your house, don't you? Some pizza delivery guys won't take credit cards.


FAYETTEVILLE - Ryan Matthew Silvey, 19, of Fayetteville, Arkansas,
entered a guilty plea today in U.S. District Court to transportation of stolen goods,
announced U. S. Attorney Robert C. Balfe. The guilty plea was entered before
Chief United States District Court Judge Jimm Larry Hendren, who advised Silvey
that the maximum penalty is up to 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000
fine. Silvey was arraigned on the one count indictment on May 29, 2008.
Sentencing will be scheduled after a pre-sentence investigation is conducted by the
United States Probation Office.
In a plea agreement filed with the court, Silvey admitted taking
approximately $45,000 across state lines from Arkansas to Kansas. The money
had been taken during a theft at a residence in Johnson, Arkansas, at the time of a
party at the home on December 27, 2007. During the investigation, Silvey was
interviewed in Kansas, where he admitted being in attendance at the party at the
residence, and admitted his knowledge and participation in the theft of the money.
According to the plea agreement, approximately $30,000 was recovered from
The case was investigated by the Johnson Police Department and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy Johnson is handling the
case for the United States.

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