Crime

A Willow Springs man pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property and was handed a five-year suspended execution of sentence.

James Madden Jr., 46, entered the plea Tuesday before Circuit Court Judge Sandra West. The sentence also carries five years of supervised probation. The charges were originally three counts of receiving stolen property.

On June 24, 2016, Madden was taken into custody after a short vehicle and foot pursuit that took place after lawmen found a stolen four-wheeler on his property and another stolen four-wheeler on property adjoining his.

Douglas and Howell County lawmen arrested two other individuals from West Plains and another from Dora in conjunction to possible connections to a June 1, 2016, eastern Douglas County home burglary.

Madden was taken into custody by Howell County Criminal Investigator Don Reid and the South Central Drug Task Force.

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