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        10/25/2011, Tishrei 27, 5772

      Unprecedented Sentence for Livestock Theft


      The Nazareth District Court upheld the sentence of an Umm Al-Fahm man to 75 months in prison, Monday, for two incidents in which a total of 56 sheep were stolen. The sentence also covers convictions for obstructing justice, driving without a license and receiving three stolen vehicles. The defendant was also fined 70,000 shekels and ordered to compensate the farmers and car owners 74,000 shekels.

      In rejecting the defendant's appeal of the heavy sentence, the court said a heavy sentence was needed as a deterrent to agricultural theft, especially livestock theft, which it said had become a plague of the state.