North Dakota man found guilty of cattle theft

Richard Musland has been sentenced to 366 days in county jail for pleading guilty to two counts of cattle-related theft.

(Emily Beal / Agweek)

An Edgeley, N.D., man pleaded guilty last week to two counts of theft in a cattle-related case in LaMoure County.

On April 8, Southeast District Court Judge Daniel D. Narum sentenced Richard Musland to 366 days in county jail for each of the Class C felonies, but suspended the jail sentence. Narum also ordered Musland to pay more than $2,500 in court fees and restitution and to serve 18 months on supervised probation. Among the conditions of the probation, Musland is prohibited from buying any livestock, directly or through a third person, during his probation period and must receive permission from his probation officer in order to sell any of his existing animals.

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Deputy Brand Inspector Fred Frederikson led the investigation on this case and was able to return the stolen animals to their rightful owner.

“Another North Dakota cattle thief has had his day of reckoning,” said NDSA President Jeff Schafer, a New Rockford, N.D., cow-calf producer and feeder. “We are proud of our brand inspection team for fighting against modern-day cattle rustling.”

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