Man gets 3 years for stealing tractor

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington man has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a tractor at gunpoint.

The Yakima Herald reports (http://bit.ly/nTQLRo) that 27-year-old Clifton Frank Peter of Wapato was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Yakima County sheriff's deputies said the May 24 incident began after Peter was involved in a domestic disturbance. They say he armed himself with an assault rifle. While walking through a nearby orchard, he reportedly pointed the weapon at a farmworker on a tractor and threatened him. The farmworker fled and Peter drove off with the tractor, dumping it and the 400-gallon sprayer it was towing not far away.

The deputy who arrested him said Peter repeatedly apologized and said he wasn't going to shoot anyone.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com