Munday men sentenced to combined 61 years for stealing nearly $500,000 in farm equipment

MUNDAY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Four Munday men were sentenced to serve a combined 61 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the theft of nearly $500,000 in farm equipment. 

James Christopher Phillips, was sentenced to serve 29 years behind bars for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and Tax Evasion. Ronnie Alan Phillips and Roy Lee Mayes were both sentenced to serve 12 years for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, and Johnathan Levett Reagins was sentenced to serve 8 years for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. 

All four men pleaded guilty to their respective charges prior to their sentencing. 

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association reports the Texas Rangers first began investigating James Phillips when they learned he was attempting to transport a $150,000 John Deere Tractor stolen from a property in Munday to Mexico to sell on the black market in August of 2016. 

Phillips was arrested, and during the subsequent investigation, the Rangers identified Ronnie Phillips, Mayes, and Reagins, as co-conspirators and learned the group had stolen around $273,000 in additional farm equipment, including another John Deere Tractor, a semi-truck, and three semi-trailers. 

All stolen equipment was returned to the rightful owners. 

The Haskell County Sheriff's Office, the Kendall County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Comptroller Investigations Division, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Munday Police Department all contributed to this investigation. 


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