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Mother, son charged with cattle theft
Trinity Standard - November 2009
GROVETON - A Lufkin woman surrendered Monday, Oct. 12, to Trinity County authorities after she and her son were charged with theft of livestock.
The cattle were allegedly stolen by the woman’s son, Michael Terry, 43, of Groveton.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast along with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office made the arrests.
On Oct. 8, Mary Horn, 69, reportedly sold 10 head of cattle in her name at the Nacogdoches Livestock Exchange.
Terry was being held early this week under a $500,000 bond while his mother has been released on bond.
According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, Charles Taylor, a rancher north of Groveton on FM 3317, noticed some of his cattle were missing on Thursday, Oct. 8. Knowing the only auction held in the area that day was in Nacogdoches, he decided to try and locate his livestock.
While at the auction Taylor reportedly recognized some of the livestock as being his.
Auction company records led authorities to the suspects.
Terry was arrested Friday, Oct. 9 while out on bond for 2008 felony cattle theft charges in Polk County.
When he was arrested, Terry was also reportedly in possession of a stolen Kubota tractor.
Seven of the 10 head of cattle were returned to the owner. Three had already gone to the slaughterhouse.
“The victim was our biggest asset in this case,” Mast said.
“He knew quickly that he had cattle missing by keeping track of his herd and was able to contact TSCRA and the Trinity County Sheriff's Office almost immediately. With his help, we were able to track the livestock down and make a quick arrest.”
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement.
Ms. Horn is facing third degree felony charges of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Terry is also facing a third degree felony on the theft of livestock charge. Authorities said other charges are pending against Terry.