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Willow Springs Man Sentenced For Timber Theft

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Judge Craig Carter placed a rural Willow Springs man on probation and ordered restitution for stealing timber.
Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney Roger Wall said Bobby J. Davis, 52, of rural Willow Springs was placed on probation for a period of one year and ordered to pay the sum of $2,575 in restitution to the landowner/victim.
In November 2013, it was reported that a logging road had been cut through the National Forest to gain access to some forested land that belonged to a rural Richland man, Dr. Bob Austin.
Davis subsequently pleaded guilty to the taking of timber without the owner’s consent and was placed on probation by the court, Wall said.
The plea and the amount of the restitution ordered was formulated by examining the amount of board feet that was taken and figuring the percentage of what the owner would be paid from the fallen trees.
Thanks to the prompt action of the U.S. Forest Service Ranger, no timber was actually removed from the land. The owner of the land had high praise for a job well done by the U.S. Forest Service, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor Wall and his staff.
Dr. Austin also said that the monetary loss was not the main issue for him. He plans to donate the award of restitution, which has been collected by the prosecuting attorney’s office, to two local charities.