Cody Easterday's Sentencing Hearing Delayed Again

Cody Easterday's Sentencing Hearing Delayed Again
In March, Cody Easterday pleaded guilty to a $244 million fraud in a ghost cattle scam. He confessed to Tyson officials that he used the stolen money to cover losses from trading commodity futures. (George Plaven / Capital Press)

If you thought Cody Easterday would be sentenced Sept. 19, well, you would be wrong. 

The rancher from southeast Washington who pleaded guilty in March 2021 to defrauding Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale of $233 million and an unidentified company of $11 million, had his sentencing hearing delayed once again.

Easterday’s attorney, Carl Oreskovich of Spokane, Washington, asked for yet another postponement last month because of a conflict with his schedule, according to a court filing in U.S. District Court in Washington. It was Easterday’s fifth motion to continue his sentencing hearing. 

The new date, set Aug. 30 by Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian, is 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Yakima, Washington.

The judge wrote in his order that Easterday “indicates the United States agrees to his request to continue the sentencing hearing. Good cause exists to grant the motion.”

Back in March 2021, Easterday, who was 49 at the time, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and agreed to pay $244 million in restitution.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

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