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Man sentenced for transporting tractors

A Webster man was sentenced last month for transporting stolen tractors between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Eric E. Garvey, 40, was found guilty of six charges following a three-day trial in federal district court in Madison in July. He was sentence...

A Webster man was sentenced last month for transporting stolen tractors between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Eric E. Garvey, 40, was found guilty of six charges following a three-day trial in federal district court in Madison in July. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 90 months in prison without parole, followed by three years of supervised release.

Garvey was originally indicted in July of 2010 along with Chad Allen Wyttenbach, 35, of Somerset, Wis. and 51-year-old Victor Ernest Trejo of Prescott, Wis. A 10-count indictment charged the defendants with conspiracy, interstate transportation of stolen vehicles, interstate sale of stolen vehicles, interstate transportation of stolen goods, possessing stolen goods and possessing stolen motor vehicles. On May 22, a federal grand jury sitting in Madison returned a superseding indictment against Garvey arising from the same conduct, but eliminating the charges related to the possession of stolen vehicles and goods.

On Jan. 28, Trejo pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen vehicle that had been transported in interstate commerce and agreed to cooperate with the government in its case against Garvey. On Feb. 17, Wyttenbach pleaded guilty to the interstate sale of stolen vehicles and also agreed to provide testimony against Garvey. Trejo was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution of $93,777 jointly with the co-defendants. Wyttenback was sentenced to six months in prison without the possibility of parole.

Garvey was previously sentenced in May to 42 months in prison for the distribution of methamphetamine. He was found guilty of four charges of distributing methamphetamine following a two-day trial in federal court.

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The charges against Garvey were the result of an investigation conducted by the sheriff's department of Burnet, Barron, Dunn, St. Croix, Chippewa and Polk counties as well as Ramsey County, Minn.; New Richmond, Webb Lake and Cameron police departments; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter M. Jarosz and Antonio Trillo.

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