Braymer Man Serving Life Sentences For Murder Also Sentenced For Cattle Fraud

The Braymer man who is currently serving two life sentences for the murders of two Wisconsin brothers was also sentenced for the cattle fraud scheme which led to the tie between 28 year old Garland Nelson and the Wisconsin brothers.

Nelson was sentenced in federal court to serve 32 in federal prison without parole and pay $260,925 restitution to victims.

In October, Nelson pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nelson admitted that he defrauded Diemel Livestock, LLC of Shawano County, Wisconsin $216,000 in a cattle contract.

Nelson was caretaking cattle through his business and had agreed to feed, pasture, and sell the cattle, and then agreed to send Diemel’s Livestock the proceeds. Instead, Nelson killed many of the cattle and then billed the Diemels for feed and yardage.

Eventually, he sent an intentionally torn check to the Diemels for just under $216,000 so it could not be processed. The Diemels eventually came to Missouri for their money, drove to a farm in Braymer and were murdered by Nelson.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Nelson engaged in at least 2 more cattle fraud schemes.

Nelson pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder in Johnson County, Missouri in September of last year. The sentences will run consecutively.