Edgeley man sentenced on brand inspection violation

Richard Musland of Edgeley pleaded guilty of transporting cattle from North to South Dakota without the required livestock brand inspection.

An Edgeley, North Dakota man pleaded guilty to transporting livestock across state lines without a brand inspection.

Richard Musland, either 79 or 80 years old, was accused of transporting cattle to South Dakota on March 20, according to court documents.

Southeast District Court Judge Mark Blumer sentenced Musland to 360 days in jail but suspended that portion of the sentence. Musland was ordered to pay a $200 criminal administration fee, $100 defense facility administration fee, $500 fine/state and $25 victim-witness fee.

According to the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, North Dakota law prohibits a person from transporting or attempting to transport cattle, horses or mules from the state without a brand inspection, except for emergency medical treatment by a licensed veterinarian or if the animals are moving to an approved auction market, buying station or packing plant where North Dakota brand inspectors provide regular inspection. Willful violation of this statute is a Class A misdemeanor, or a Class C felony for a second violation within five years or for three or more violations.

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