November 17, 2015 - 1:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - A cattle rustler who attempted to sell his boss’s livestock in Alberta before fleeing to work at a Cache Creek ranch will spend the next year-and-a-half in jail after pleading guilty to several offences.
On Nov. 12, Kamloops Provincial Court Judge Roy Dickey sentenced Jason John McDowell, 38, to 18 months after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of cattle theft from two separate events.
In March 2015, McDowell stole 10 pregnant heifers from his employer’s home in Hanna, Alberta. He then posted an ad on Kijiji and sold them to a buyer for $20,000. Along with the cattle, McDowell stole a sink and a gear puller from the farm.
Before charges were laid against McDowell, he lived at a farm in Cache Creek where he lived with his family in a furnished house on the property, supplied by the farm owner.
When he worked with Cache Creek Natural Beef, McDowell racked up the company’s credit card. He later left the ranch along with all of the furniture and items supplied in the house, according to the Crown.
Dickey ordered that McDowell pay $11,430 in restitution in the Cache Creek case and $20,000 restitution on the Alberta matter.
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