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Correction: Men plead in chop shop case

Posted: October 29, 2009 9:51 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Editor’s note: In Thursday’s article “Two take plea deal in chop shop case,” The Signal reported several details incorrectly, including the exact charges each man faced and their pleas. The following article corrects those errors.

Two men accused of operating an auto-theft ring out of a Canyon Country hot-rod repair shop pleaded no contest Wednesday in a plea deal with prosecutors, while a third pleaded not guilty, officials said.

Nellson Vels, 51, and John Landon, 36, each pleaded no contest Wednesday to one felony count of unlawfully driving or taking a vehicle.

Daryl Perkins, 50, pleaded not guilty to felony counts of unlawfully taking a vehicle, operating a chop shop and receiving stolen property, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Vels is the owner of Billet Works Performance repair shop in Canyon Country and is president of a local muscle-car group. Perkins is a worker at the shop. Landon is an acquaintance.

Vels and Landon are set to be sentenced Dec. 8. Prosecutors have recommended sentences of 30 days of community service and three years of probation.

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