Man Gets Probation for Stealing Pigs in Lake Mills

One of two men accused of stealing around 150 pigs in northern Iowa has been sentenced.

Winnebago County District Court records say 21-year-old Robert Morales, of Thompson, Iowa, on Tuesday was given 10 years in prison, suspended, and five years of probation and fined $1,000. He also was ordered to make restitution of nearly $22,000.

The pigs were reported stolen Nov. 4, 2017, from a Christensen Farms operation near Lake Mills. A court document says a sheriff’s deputy checking a report in Thompson the next day about pigs squealing discovered a vehicle hooked to a trailer with pigs inside parked near an apartment. The vehicle eventually was linked to Morales and the trailer to his co-defendant, 35-year-old David Cortez Jr.

Cortez has pleaded not guilty to theft and burglary and is scheduled to go on trial April 10.