A 44-year-old Bloomfield man is headed to prison for stealing cattle from a feedlot in northeast Nebraska.
Timothy Ketelsen was sentenced to five to eight years in prison in Knox County District Court on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in September to charges of tax evasion, theft and illegal sale of livestock. Prosecutors dropped five other charges in return for Ketelsen’s pleas.
Court documents say Ketelsen’s former boss reported that 13 head of cattle had been stolen from his Bloomfield feedlot. Investigators traced the cattle to a livestock market in Yankton, South Dakota, which paid Ketelsen for them.
Investigators also say they found four other instances in which it appears Ketelsen stole cattle.
In addition to his prison time, Ketelsen was also ordered to pay over $75,000 in restitution to the victims.
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