Siblings face charges after centuries-old Black Walnut chopped down
January 17, 2022 | 3:44 pm CST

A 250-year-old stump? Prosecutors charge siblings for chopping down a centuries-old Black Walnut.

Two Ohio siblings were charged with felony theft after they cut down a 250-year-old Black Walnut tree valued at $18,000, and arranged to have it logged and sold for lumber, according to Cleveland.com.

Todd Jones, 56, and Laurel Hoffman, 54, are charged with grand theft and falsification for chopping down the tree in September last year, according to Cleveland.com. The site reports that Jones claimed the tree was part of his property in Strongsville, a suburb about 16 miles outside of Cleveland. Arraignment is scheduled for Jan.20.

Prosecutors charged Jones and Hoffman, arguing that the tree was not on his property. Rather, they said the tree grew in a region owned by Cleveland Metroparks, which oversees 24,000 acres of nature reserves across the Greater Cleveland area, the report said.
 

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