Arkansas Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trees from Mark Twain Forest in Barry County

by: Scott McCaulley

A man from Arkansas with a history of crimes in that state now pleads guilty to a crime on Federal Land in Missouri.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Missouri, 46-year-old Jamie Edmondson admitted to illegally cutting and removing 27 walnut and white oak trees in the Mark Twain National Forest in Barry County between June of 2019, and January of 2020, without the permission of the U.S. Forest Service, which owns and manages the national forest. The release says Edmondson then sold the timber to various sawmills in the area.

Under federal statutes, Edmondson could receive a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after an investigation by the United States Probation Office.

According to public records, Edmondson, has been convicted of several crimes in Arkansas over the last 20 years including several in both Carroll and Madison Counties. Edmondson is currently in prison in Arkansas.



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