updated 9:22 PM UTC, Jul 8, 2020

Timber thief gets maximum sentence

"It has been several years since a Tyler County resident contracted with Billy Ray Welch to cut their timber," said Tyler County District Attorney Joe Smith. "He never paid them in full and on Friday, April 13, Welch, 55, of Bronson, pled guilty and was given the maximum two year sentence in the Texas State Jail."

Welch's charge in Tyler County was timber trustee defraud greater than $500 and less than $20,000. He was already serving time for other timber theft related charges and now another two years have been added to his sentence.

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