Cattle buyer sentenced to local jail time

Juan Resendiz
Staff Writer

The person who purchased the stolen cattle in the cattle rustling cases was sentenced to five years of probation on Monday. Juan Ramirez-Resendiz must serve 45-days in the Bingham County Jail.
Resendiz was charged with two felony counts of grand theft by receiving/possessing stolen property.
In a plea agreement with the state, Resendiz pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving/possessing stolen cattle that was the property of Chris Drakos. In the plea agreement, the state would recommend probation; Resendiz agreed to pay restitution.
Resendiz was fined $1,000 on count one and $1,000 on count two; court costs are $245.50. A date will be set later for a restitution hearing. He also must write a letter to the owner of the animals that has been approved by his probation officer.
Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson also sentenced Resendiz to 180 days of discretionary jail time.