A Fulton County man was sentenced to 180 days in Fulton County Jail on Thursday for the theft of about $74,000 worth of cattle.
Garret Lynch, 18, will be serving the jail time during weekends for assisting in the theft of 60 to 77 cattle.
Assistant State’s Attorney Susan Maxwell said in court Thursday that on Dec. 10, 2013, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to two farm properties on complaints of theft.
According to Max-well, Lynch assisted in helping Ricky Ford, who was then an employee of one of the property owners, in taking the cattle and selling them — a Class 2 felony.
Though Ford received a Class 2 felony charge, Lynch received a plea for a misdemeanor theft. Lynch’s attorney said that a misdemeanor plea with the weekend jail time was requested as Lynch is a student with a full-time job.
Ninth Circuit Court Judge Heidi A. Benson said in court that she “reluctantly” accepts Lynch’s plea due to the seriousness of the crime and the fact that the cattle were repeatedly taken over an extended period of time.
Benson also said that the state has recently brought a new count of misdemeanor theft against Lynch.
Lynch is required to pay restitution fees and serve two years of probation.