CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – An Iowa man has been sentenced to 45 months in prison by a federal judge for being part of a meat-theft ring centered on a storage facility in East Dubuque, Ill., according to The Associated Press. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Lloyd Patterson of Bernard was sentenced Oct. 5 in Cedar Rapids. He entered a guilty plea in June to one count of conspiring to steal, receive and possess property worth more than $1,000 stolen from interstate shipments.

Patterson admitted in his plea agreement that he conspired to steal meat and meat products stolen from trucks leaving the East Dubuque facility from the fall of 2006 through September of 2007. He also received a special assessment of $100 and was ordered to pay more than $380,000 in restitution.

After his prison term, Patterson must also serve three years of supervised release.