By Kay Fate
An Oronoco man convicted of cattle rustling and theft has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and 10 years of probation.
Adam Joel Tiedeman, 29, was charged in April in Olmsted County District Court with one count each of rustling and livestock theft, possession of burglary tools and theft, all felonies, as well as a single count of misdemeanor theft.
He pleaded guilty in August to the rustling and misdemeanor theft charges; in exchange for the plea, the other charges were dismissed.
During Thursday's sentencing, Tiedeman was given credit for one day already served and ordered to complete 120 hours of community work service.
The charges stem from a report filed in October, when a man told authorities seven head of Holstein cattle had been taken from his farm and sold at Central Livestock Association in Zumbrota.
According to the complaint, the man suspected Tiedeman, who was caring for the livestock while the man was out of town a week earlier. A few days after his return, the man found a check from the livestock association, written to Tiedeman, for more than $5,500.
Tiedeman doesn't own any cattle, the complaint says, nor does he own a farm.
He initially denied knowing anything about the cattle, but eventually admitted to the theft, the report says. Tiedeman allegedly said he sold the cattle to get some extra money.