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Mount Vernon Man Pleads No Contest to Stealing Grain

Mar 08, 2018 at 10:47 AM CST

MOUNT VERNON, S.D. (AP) — A Mount Vernon man accused of stealing $400,000 worth of grain from a Davison County farm family has pleaded no contest to a grand theft charge.

Authorities allege 47-year-old Merle Northrup sold loads of corn and soybeans under his own name while working for the farm family, keeping the proceeds. The thefts are alleged to have occurred over a span of five years.