Douglas Everett Anderson, 59, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for stabbing and bludgeoning Emmett saddlemaker Darole Carpenter, 78, on July 8. Anderson will be eligible for parole in 15 years
He had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and theft by promise. Third District Gem County Judge Susan Wiebe on Tuesday also ordered Anderson to pay $32,000 in restitution to Carpenter's family.
Carpenter was killed after he confronted Anderson about being defrauded of $30,000. Anderson had agreed to buy cattle and hay using Carpenter's money but never intended to carry out the deal, authorities said.
Carpenter suffered a fractured skull and had injuries to his face, back and stomach.
After the murder, Anderson stole Carpenter's pickup and later sold the vehicle.
Anderson previously lived in Emmett. He was arrested at his home near Salmon, in Lemhi County.
A spot of Carpenter's blood was found in Anderson's vehicle, the Idaho State Police said. Video footage placed the vehicle at Carpenter's residence at the time of the murder, police said.
Anderson also cheated a Salmon couple in a similar fraudulent scheme to buy cattle and hay. He was ordered to pay them $256,000 in restitution.