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Man Sentenced in Wheeler County Bull Theft Case

One man has been sentenced in the case of a bull theft in Wheeler County.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced today that Jaimie “Jim Bob” Jernigan, 46, plead guility to the charges of theft of livestock and obstruction, both third-degree felonies. According to reports of the case, Jernigan took possession of the bull in February of 2015 and reportedly sold it in Colorado. The Cattle Raisers Association says that Jernigan did not return the earnings to the bull's original owner as promised.

The bull was found in Colorado and was returned to its original owner following an investigation by the Cattle Raisers Association.

The case was adjudicated in the 31st District Court, and was presided over by Judge Steven Emmert. Jernigan plead guilty and received deferred sentences of ten years on the theft of livestock charge, and four years on the obstruction charge. Jernigan was also ordered to pay more than $5,200 in restitution, fines and court costs.

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