HUBBARD (July 1, 2013)--A Cleburne man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of stealing livestock.
53-year-old Terry Shawn Linville was convicted of second-degree felony livestock theft, a charge enhanced because of a past criminal record.
In 2010, Linville sold five calves at the Hubbard Livestock Market and was flagged as suspicious by the market’s owner after learning of Linville's criminal history, a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association spokesperson said.
Around the same time, a Johnson County rancher reported missing calves to Johnson County Detective Steve Shaw and TSCRA Special Ranger H.D. Brittain.
Officials were able to confirm that the five calves Linville sold in Hubbard matched those stolen in Johnson County after DNA tests were performed on the calves.
“We are glad to see such a strong sentence handed down today. Would-be thieves need to know that we don’t take cattle theft lightly here in Texas,” Brittain said.
Other agencies involved in the case included the Hill County District Attorney's Office and Hill County Assistant District Attorney Nicole Crain.
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who are trained in all facets of livestock-related law enforcement, a spokesperson said.