A Cleburne, Texas man was arrested Monday on two separate third degree felony theft of livestock charges after trying to pay for cattle at two different livestock auctions on a closed bank account.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Marvin Wills led the investigation and Special Ranger Wayne Goodman assisted.
According to Wills, the suspect James E. Williams, 26, of Cleburne, Texas, purchased livestock from two McLennan County livestock auctions and issued checks for the cattle on a closed bank account in August 2015.
The McLennan County Justice of the Peace issued two third degree felony warrants for the arrest of Williams on Sept. 10. Special Ranger Wayne Goodman arrested Williams Tuesday and the suspect is currently being held in the Johnson County Jail on two bonds set at $10,000 for each theft of livestock charge. Additional charges are expected to be filed on Williams.
If convicted, Williams will face 2-10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and he will be ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
“This case is a good example of TSCRA Special Rangers working with local law enforcement to arrest another thief and seek justice for ranchers who fall victim to cattle theft,” said Wills. “I expect additional charges to be filed in this case and I hope to see a strong sentence handed down for Williams.”
Source: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association