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Federal judge dismisses charges against Generals owner Tracy Young

By Victoria Advocate
June 24, 2011 at 1:24 a.m.


Federal charges against Victoria Generals owner and railroad executive Tracy Young were dismissed Thursday.

U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes in Little Rock, Ark. granted a request from assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Onassis Walker to drop charges of conspiracy to steal a locomotive from a Union Pacific rail yard in North Little Rock. The one-paragraph filing from the U.S. Attorney's office did not explain the reason for the request.

Young pleaded not guilty last June on all charges. He was charged with six counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to an attempt to steal a railroad locomotive from a train yard in Arkansas.

When contacted Friday, Young declined comment on the matter.

"I choose not to talk about it," he said.

He was scheduled to go to trial next week.

Co-defendant Richard McCown pleaded guilty last week to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

A third defendant, Richard Stokes, is set to go to trial on Monday.

Prosecutors filed on Friday a motion for Stokes to undergo a mental evaluation. His attorney clamed Stokes was incompetent to stand trial because of a schizophrenic disorder, according to court documents.

Blake Koch, the Generals GM, said Young did not let his legal problems or his business hurt the team or its operations.

"It never involved the Generals, so its been business as usual," he said. "It's never affected me or the team."

Young's lawyers, Micah Hatley of Victoria and David R. Cannon of Little Rock, were not available for comment Friday.

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