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Published July 31, 2009, 12:00 AM

Cattle theft suspect pleads not guilty

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Minnesota man accused of stealing cattle from a Watertown auction barn in March has pleaded not guilty and is to go on trial Sept. 17.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Minnesota man accused of stealing cattle from a Watertown auction barn in March has pleaded not guilty and is to go on trial Sept. 17.

Joey Varner of Pierz was indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated grand theft. He is accused of taking 188 cattle that were under U.S. Bankruptcy Court control.

Varner is a co-owner of Watertown Livestock and has ownership interests in other livestock auction barns in South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota.

He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine if convicted.


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