2008-12-18 / Local & State

W.Pa. Man Ordered To Pay In Timber Theft Case

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for timber thefts soon or face six months in jail.

Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron says Harold Ritchey Jr., of Claysburg, hasn't kept up with his payments and gave him until Dec. 19 to come up with $4,000. Ritchey had to pay $1,000 Friday.

Ritchey pleaded no contest in October 2007 to illegal timbering charges.

Ritchey was ordered to pay a total of $32,360 in restitution and was also sentenced to six months in jail for the no contest plea.

Ritchey's son, Francis Ritchey, who operated a similar business, was sentenced last month to four years in prison and was ordered to repay $498,000.

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