Accused NM cattle rustler enters guilty plea

Accused NM cattle rustler enters guilty plea

MULESHOE, TX (KFDA) - A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to theft of livestock.

After an investigation begun in April, Jeffery Dean Province of Texico, NM pleaded guilty on Monday.

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Province was accused of stealing cattle from his employer, Frontera Feedyard in Muleshoe.

The crime was investigated by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers, a group that specializes in investigating agriculture and livestock related offenses.

Province fraudulently sold over 90 head of cattle, totalling more than $62,000.

He paid full restitution for the cattle stolen and received a two-year deferred sentence.

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