Steel thief sentenced

Ryan Gooding, 42, of Monroe CIty.

A northeast Missouri man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of stealing.

Ryan Gooding, 42, of Monroe city was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Gooding admitted to stealing a large quantity of stainless steel from a swine production facility north of Monticello.

Some of the $39,000 in steel was located in Martinsburg, Illinois with help from the Pike County, Illinois Sheriff's office.

The remainder of the items was sold for scrap at several locations in northeast Missouri and western Illinois.