Three people are facing charges of theft of livestock, a third-degree felony, in Clay County for an incident that allegedly happened in August 2017.
Brandt Beasley, 38, Shannon Boles, 51, and Ayden Milam, 20, were each named in indictments, following an investigation by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers.
The investigation began in August 2017, when a Clay County rancher contacted Special Ranger John Bradshaw to report missing cattle.
At the time, it was unsure if they’d been stolen or had simply gotten out of the pasture.
After further investigation, it was discovered that a lock had been tampered with and authorities say there was other evidence showing that the cattle had been stolen.
Shortly after, investigators spoke to someone who had a conversation with Milam.
They say he confessed to stealing the cattle, with Beasley’s help. Investigators say Boles was also involved.
Special Ranger Bradshaw later confirmed that the cattle were sold at the Wichita Falls Livestock Auction Barn.
Boles and Milam were released on a $50,000 bond, Beasley is still in custody in the Clay County Jail.
If convicted, they each face a sentence of two to 10 years in prison, possible fines and restitution.