Man convicted of selling Dick Trickle's "Purple Knight" gets 3 years probation

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Published: Feb. 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM CST
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A 50-year-old Marshfield man will spend three years on probation and will have to perform 20 hours of community service after he was found guilty of selling a stock car that was driven by Dick Trickle.

Prosecutors said the stock car belonged to a family member, and Patrick Patrick Langreck had no right to sell it.

He pleaded no contest Monday and was convicted of theft as result.

Investigators said despite producing a receipt stating he was the owner to the new buyer, Langreck was not the rightful owner and had no right to sell it.

The car was known as the “Purple Knight” – a 1970 Ford Mustang drive by Trickle 1974.

A judge also ordered him to pay $8,850 in restitution, however the defense has requested a restitution hearing.

According to a news release from the Wood County Sheriff's Department, the race car was reported stolen. However, investigators found out the car was sold in 2013 by a person that had access to the vehicle, but did not have permission to sell it.

The vehicle was located in May 2016 in Grand Rapids. Trickle was born in Wisconsin Rapids and raced in many circuits including NASCAR. He died of a self inflicted gunshot wound in North Carolina in 2013.

Langreck told investigators he sold the car because his brother just left it sitting in a field.