North Dakota man charged in connection with July 2012 cattle shooting; 9 head of cattle killed



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CENTER, North Dakota — A North Dakota man has been charged in connection with the July 2012 shooting of nine head of cattle.

Court records show Dillon Gappert has been charged with felony criminal mischief. The Hensler's man bond was set at $5,000 on Monday.

The charge stems from a cattle shooting incident on July 4, 2012, off Highway 25 in Oliver County. Authorities accuse Gappert of shooting four cows, four calves and one yearling owned by John Dixon and Miles Tomac.

The animals' value was estimated at $12,000.

Shortly after the incident, a reward of about $18,000 was offered for information that could lead to the suspect. The North Dakota Stockmen's Association at the time said it was the largest such reward in state history.

Court records don't list an attorney for Gappert.

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