Wheeler man sentenced for bull theft

Wheeler man sentenced for bull theft

WHEELER COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - A Wheeler man has been sentenced after pleading guilty in a bull theft.

Jaimie "Jim Bob" Jernigan, 46, pleaded guilty to charges of theft of livestock and obstruction.

In May of 2015, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Ben Eggleston was contacted by an area cattle raiser and the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office. Eggleston was told that the cattle raiser had made a verbal agreement with Jernigan to sell a bull and return the proceeds of the sale.

Jernigan then took possession of the bull and sold it in Colorado, but he never returned the earnings to the rancher as they had agreed.

The rancher and local law enforcement contacted Jernigan several times in an attempt to resolve the matter, but they were not successful.

After Eggleston contacted Colorado brand inspection authorities, a brand inspector located the bull, and law enforcement traveled to Colorado to take back the bull.

Jernigan entered a guilty plea on Sept. 21, and as a condition of the plea bargain, he received deferred sentences of 10 years on the theft of livestock charge and four years on the obstruction charge.

Jernigan was also ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution, fines and court fees.

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