Motley County cattle thief convicted for trying to sell $60,000 in stolen cattle
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A man has been convicted and sentenced after trying to sell several head of his bosses cattle.
In february, The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers revealed they have been investigating a suspected cattle thief out near Matador.
46-year-old Calby Clayton Hill of Roaring Springs was indicted by a Motley County grand jury on Wednesday, February 13th, after TSCRA market inspectors picked up on Hill’s activities at the Floydada Livestock Auction.
TSCRA market inspectors are present at every livestock sale across the state to record information about the cattle passing through the market. That information is compiled into a database that is often used to trace missing and stolen cattle.
TSCRA Special Ranger Dean Bohannon received a call from the market inspector in Floydada, John Hindman, regarding several head of cattle checked in by Hill under his own name, alongside those of his employer.
Special Ranger Bohannon spoke to his employer, and reviewed information from other livestock auctions that Hill has sold cattle at since 2016.
After an interview, Hill eventually confessed to selling or attempting to sell 84 head of cattle stolen from his employer, worth more than $60,000.
Hill was indicted on seven counts of second-degree felony theft of livestock, and was booked into the Dickens County Jail and subsequently released on $110,000 bond for all counts.
On May 3, 2019, a Motley County jury convicted Hill on one count of second-degree felony theft of livestock and handed down a sentence of five years in state prison. He was also ordered to pay almost $5,000 in restitution and court costs.
In a release from the TSCRA, “Bohannon thanked all of those involved in the investigation, including fellow Special Rangers Jay Foster and Harold Dempsey, market inspector John Hindman, the Motley County Sheriff’s Office, especially Sheriff Robert Fisk, the Dickens County Sheriff’s Office and Game Warden Matt Cruse. He also thanked Wade Jackson, Motley County district attorney for his relentless prosecution of cattle thieves.”
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