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Dubuque businessman sentenced in meat theft case

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) --  A Dubuque businessman was sentenced to five years and eight months for his role in a meat theft casing dating back to 2007.

66-year-old Donald Herbst, Senior, was one of a handful of people being investigated following stolen meat accusations at an East Dubuque, Illinois warehouse.

Officials say from the fall of 2006 through September 2007, he bought thousands of pounds of meat stolen from Farmland, Inc., then resold that meat to people in the Dubuque-area. Court records show he was aided by his wife. His son, Donald Herbst, Jr., also sold stolen meat to numerous customers in the area.

He was sentenced Wednesday to 70 months in prison and fined $10,000. A jury found him guilty of nine counts of buying, receiving, and possessing stolen meat and one count of conspiring to do so in October. In a sentencing order, Judge Linda Reade found Herbst obstructed justice by making numerous false statements at trial.  The court found Herbst, "is simply not worthy of belief." Herbst was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set.

       

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