A West Jordan horse trainer faces sentencing next month after being convicted of two felony counts of horse theft.

Originally charged with 10 counts of third-degree felony theft, Dennis R. Eller, 42, was found guilty last week in a trial before Judge John Rokich, who scheduled sentencing for Dec. 12.An investigation by the Salt Lake County sheriff's office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture implicated Eller in the thefts of 22 registered quarter horses, worth more than $50,000, which were taken from pastures in Salt Lake County in 1987.

The original charges alleged Eller sold 10 of the horses to buyers in Utah and Weber counties. The remaining 12 were believed sold to slaughterhouses, said sheriff's Detective Jack Hill.