Guilty Plea in Timber Theft

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A west Alabama man was convicted of stealing timber this week in Lamar County Circuit Court.

According to Alabama Attorney General Troy King, 45-year-old Gregory Hayes Sanford of Millport entered a plea agreement Tuesday and admitted that he cut and sold from land belonging to others.

King said besides the first-degree theft conviction, Sanford must also pay restitution to property owners in Lamar and neighboring Pickens counties.

The Alabama Forestry Commission said timber thefts remain a major problem in rural areas of the state.

Authorities said most of the stolen timber was owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company and International Paper Company.

A judge also ordered Sanford to serve five years on probation.