LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 37-year-old Huntington man accepted a plea deal of 5 years of probation for stealing a semi trailer when he took a semi-trailer in for repairs in December 10.
According to Layne Thompson, a prosecutor with the Angelina County District Attorney's Office, Kristopher Cade Hopson, 37, claimed that someone stole the Freightliner truck from him.
Thompson said because there is some confusion as to whether or not Hopson stole the truck, he was allowed to plead not guilty to stealing the truck, which was valued at $10,000. However, Hopson did plead guilty to stealing the trailer when he appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court.
Although authorities could not prove that Hopson stole the truck, he will have to pay restitution on both the truck and the trailer.
According to the initial arrest warrant, a woman contacted the Angelina County Sheriff's Office to report that Hopson had taken the truck to do some work on it in December 2010. He never returned it and avoided the woman, according to the affidavit. The woman told Hopson he needed to return the semi-trailer rig or pay for it.
Hopson admitted to law enforcement that he had the truck, but does not know where it is now, the affidavit stated.
An investigator obtained a warrant for Hopson's arrest on Oct. 14, 2011, and he was arrested in July 2012.