Bret Ricardo Glatzmaier, 51, of rural Park Rapids, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony rustling and livestock theft.
He was one of two men charged with felonies after selling cattle they did not own. The other was Christopher Charles Strehlow of Detroit Lakes.
According to court records, on Nov. 4, 2017, an investigator with the Becker County Sheriff's Office spoke to a cattle owner who said he had responded to an advertisement placed by Glatzmaier regarding pasture land for rent. The two agreed the man could graze his cattle on the land in exchange for one small Holstein heifer. Glatzmaier did not have any other cattle in the pasture.
On Aug. 20, 2017, the man brought 16 head of cattle to the pasture. When he returned on Nov. 4, there were only four head left.
Investigation revealed that Glatzmaier sold four head of cattle to another man on Aug. 26, and the second man then sold the cattle to the Perham Stockyards. Through markings, investigators were able to identify one of the cattle Glatzmaier sold as coming from the victim's herd in the rented pasture.
Employees at the Perham Stockyard told the investigator that Glatzmaier had also sold two other steers to them on Sept. 25 and that another man, Strehlow, had sold six Holstein steers to them on Oct. 16.
Strehlow admitted that the cattle he sold were from the rented pasture. He said the check was made out to him, and he split the money with Glatzmaier. The cattle owner said each head of cattle was worth about $800.
On Jan. 9, Glatzmaier appeared before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who ordered him to serve 15 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 10 years.
He was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for 16 days served. Work release privileges were granted. He was ordered to pay $6,435 in restitution, a $1,000 fine, and $1,165 in court fees.
A second felony charge of rustling and livestock theft was dropped in a plea agreement.
In a separate case, a felony firearms charge was reduced to a gross misdemeanor and then dismissed.
The charge stems from a Sept, 30 incident, in which a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force allegedly arranged to buy two guns from a woman and Glatzmaier. The two told the informant they would sell him a rifle and a shotgun at their residence in Becker County, but they wanted $100 for each gun. The rifle and shotgun were then found in their vehicle trunk by law enforcement officers.
Glatzmaier was convicted of felony receiving stolen property in 2015 and is not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition. A BCA test of the guns said that Glatzmaier could not be excluded as a DNA contributor to DNA found on one of the guns.
That charge was dismissed on Jan. 9