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Madsen enters guilty pleas to charges

PRINCETON — A Princeton man has pleaded guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 3 felony of theft and the Class A misdemeanor of deceptive practices.

Thomas M. Madsen, 46, entered open pleas of guilty before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. The judge ordered the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and then set a sentencing hearing for 10 a.m. Nov. 8.

Madsen was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Eric May. Prosecuting the case was Bureau County State's Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

In January 2013, a Putnam County man reported to the Princeton Police Department he had been a victim of theft by deception. He informed the police he had delvered a $1,200 check to Madsen on June 16, 2012, and was supposed to receive a Farmall tractor in exchange. The victim stated he never received the tractor or a refund from Madsen. Madsen was charged with felony theft on Jan. 29, 2013, and arrested that day.

On June 12, 2012, Madsen delivered a $500 check on a business account to a Princeton man in exchange for a saddle. That check was not paid by Madsen's bank. Sometime after this, the victim reported it, and Madsen was charged with the misdemeanor offense on Dec. 3, 2012.

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