2016-10-27 / Courts

Jail time held in ‘abeyance’ for man charged with timber removal

KENNETT KENNETT A 13th Circuit Court arraignment has been held for a 33-year-old Rapid City man who allegedly trespassed and cut down several trees on properties in the wake of the August 2015 windstorm in Leelanau County.

After waiving a preliminary examination on the charge, Robert M. Kennett pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000.

Kennett, who owns All American Tree Service in Rapid City, did plead guilty to a bond violation for failing to appear for arraignment. He was sentenced to serve three days in jail on the violation; that time is being held in abeyance.

He is currently free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

In all, Kennett is charged with three felony counts of stealing timber, with the charges stemming from the alleged trespass and removal of timber by Kennett’s employees from three separate properties owned by Matthew Schaub, Paul Kraitz and Jim Rose, according to court reports.

Felony receiving and concealing stolen property is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 or three times the value of the property, whichever is greater.

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