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Iowa man gets prison for cutting down trees

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa man has been given prison time for cutting down more than two dozen black walnut trees.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt says 50-year-old Randall Todd Walker, of Des Moines, was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison. He also has been ordered to pay more than $56,000 in restitution.

Walker pleaded guilty to removing a total of 32 trees from property belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The trees had been located in the Neal Smith National Wildlife Reserve in Prairie City, the downtown Riverside area in Des Moines, the Sycamore area in Polk County and the Lake Red Rock area in Marion County.

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