A Cherokee County teenager was placed on probation for three years after pleading no contest to knowingly concealing stolen property.

Court records show Richard Bradley Ryals, 17, was charged Thursday with two counts of knowingly concealing stolen property. He pleaded no contest before Special District Judge Sandy Crosslin and was granted a deferred three-year judgment and ordered to pay a $50 fine on each count

The three-year sentences run concurrently. Ryals was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution, if any are owed.

One count alleged Ryals concealed a four-wheeler from Rick Renfrow on Jan. 31, 2006; the other count alleges he concealed a chainsaw from Zachary Dale on Sept. 25, 2005. Tahlequah police and Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies were listed as state witnesses against Ryals, in addition to the property owners.

Ryals faced a possible five-year sentence and/or a fine of up to $500 on the charges. By getting a deferred judgment, Ryals’ record concerning these cases can be cleared in three years, if he successfully completes his probation. If he fails to successfully complete the probationary period, he may still be sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison and a $500 fine on each count.

Assistant District Attorney Nikki Baker Dotson is prosecuting the case. Shannon Otteson was Ryals’ court-appointed attorney.

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