Cattle rustler gets 10 years
A Ralston man was sentenced to 10-year prison terms related to six different convictions Friday after he pleaded guilty to the larceny of seven head of cattle from an Osage County ranch the Bledsoe Ranch, located near Ralston, on Dec. 18, 2014.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings and Osage County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Doug Elliot assisted during the investigation.
According to Perrier, the suspect, Garrett Mitchell Gibson, 27, of Fairfax, stole a total of seven head of cows from the Bledsoe Ranch, located in the Big Bend area near Ralston, on three different occasions.
The investigation revealed that the cattle were sold at three different livestock markets in north-central Oklahoma. The cattle had all been sold and transported out of the area and could not be recovered.
On Wednesday, Gibson pleaded guilty to larceny of livestock and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was ordered to serve two years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and he will be on probation for the remaining eight years.
Additionally, he is required to pay $20,000 in restitution to the victim.