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Man required to pay lien in tractor sale

Jeffrey Wayne Gillespie, 25, of 26400 170th Ave., Audubon has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony defeating security on personality.

According to court records, he sold a 2000 John Deere tractor to a man named Homer Nesson for $80,000, without disclosing that there was a $58,604 lien against the tractor by John Deere Credit.

The man had gone to Gillespie's farm near Audubon and given him a check for the tractor, but when Gillespie cashed the check, he did not pay the lien.

Nesson had to pay the lien in order to avoid repossession action, and then tried to contact Gillespie on numerous occasions, without success. Phone calls were not returned.

On June 8, District Judge Joe Evans approved a plea agreement and issued a continuance for dismissal for one year.

Gillespie agreed to pay the victim $59,374 immediately, and to pay the $500 cost of prosecution.

If no other criminal charges are filed within a year, and he meets other requirements, the charge will be dropped 30 days after the one-year mark.

Defense attorney Charles Krekelberg issued a check for the restitution amount on his client's behalf.