McComb scrap yard owner sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of stolen property

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MCCOMB, Mississippi — A 51-year-old McComb scrap yard owner has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of stolen property.

Pike County Circuit Court records show 98 Recycling owner Terry Phillips, of Tylertown, pleaded guilty last week to seven counts possession of stolen property after being indicted for 10 counts possession of stolen property and one count conspiracy. Judge Mike Taylor sentenced him to 10 years, five suspended, fined him $7,000, court costs and $58,000 restitution.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1nHhKPA ) authorities from nearly a dozen local and state law enforcement agencies took Phillips into custody to question him about spools of fiber optic cable and other items not typically found in salvage yards, as well as several equipment trailers with missing serial numbers.

Phillips was indicted early this year. Charges are pending against a co-defendant, Thomas Wayne Brister, 42, of McComb, who was indicted for three counts possession of stolen property and one count of conspiracy.


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