A cattle rancher, who pleaded guilty to possession of $1.2 million of stolen farm equipment, will serve his sentence in the community.
40 year old Iain Stables received a conditional sentence of two-years-less-day, followed by three years of probation. One year will be spent on electronic monitoring.Stables was also ordered to pay $111,000 restitution to two companies and two individuals. Those payments will be made over the next five years.A provincial court judge accepted the joint submission from the Crown and the defense."I think it strikes the right balance," said Brad Mitchell, who is Stables' lawyer. "It is allowing for him to pay back some of the damages to those individuals that were affected by his actions."
Stables must also follow a number of conditions including mental health treatment and a curfew.
The charges were laid in February 2016.Court was told the stolen equipment was identified by a farm equipment dealer flying over Stables' property. They included tractors, hay balers, a cattle hauler and a couple of trucks. The dealer has launched a civil suit against Stables in Court of Queen's Bench.