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Posted 07/17/2018

For immediate release:

July 2, 2018


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Julie Schaff Ellingson, NDSA executive vice president: (701) 223-2522



Mehrer sentenced for cattle theft


Dwight Todd Mehrer of Hazen, N.D., is serving 30 days at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby, N.D., and has paid nearly $15,000 in restitution after he offered an alford plea in a McHenry County livestock theft case last month.

Northeast District Court Judge Michael P. Hurly sentenced Mehrer on June 12.

Mehrer was charged for selling unbranded cattle owned by his deceased girlfriend under another party’s name and then collecting the proceeds for himself.

NDSA East River Fieldman Fred Frederikson and McHenry County State’s Attorney Josh Frey worked together on the case.

“I am grateful that the victim’s estate has been paid back in full,” said NDSA Brand Board Chairman Jeff Schafer, who welcomed the news. “I am also grateful for the persistence and diligent work of the investigator-prosecutor team to see that justice was served. It is an example of what the Stockmen’s Association strives for every day in protecting private property rights.”

Mehrer’s sentence also includes 18 months of probation, as well as $775 in criminal administration, defense and facility and victim-witness fees, which were waived.