Osage County Man Guilty, Sentenced to Prison for Cattle Thefts
PAWHUSKA, Okla. — Cody Joseph Porter, 32, of Sperry, Oklahoma, was convicted Feb. 27, 2019, on three counts of larceny of domestic animals, cattle. The convictions are the result of charges brought after an investigation by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier.
According to Perrier, from June 21 to June 27, 2018, he received reports of stolen cattle from three separate victims near Avant in rural Osage County. Perrier initiated an investigation in each of the cases and subsequently located some of the stolen cattle at livestock markets across northeastern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. With the assistance of local law enforcement and special agents with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Perrier was able to identify additional stolen cattle belonging to the victims.
Porter, along with Michael Joseph Demaro, 43, of Skiatook were quickly identified as suspects in the investigation, which later revealed numerous similar cattle and equipment thefts throughout Oklahoma. The two men were charged in August with three counts of larceny in Osage County.
Porter’s subsequent conviction in February came with a sentence of 20 years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. He will serve 10 years in prison and another 10 on probation.
Demaro has yet to be arrested on the Osage County charges and has an outstanding arrest warrant. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office or Special Ranger Perrier at (918) 847-3231.
“This case is a perfect example of numerous agencies across the state working cooperatively to recover stolen livestock and property,” said Perrier. “Through the hard work and dedication of many agencies and individuals across Oklahoma we were able to bring those responsible to justice.”
Perrier and TSCRA would like to thank the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, especially Deputy Daniel Brashear, Deputy Kyle Reese, Investigator Steve Talbert, Investigator William Gee and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture special agents for the assistance in the joint investigation.
Additional information on the arrest of Porter and Demaro can be found in TSCRA’s prior news release, here.
TSCRA’s Special Rangers are an elite group of law enforcement officers who have extensive knowledge of the cattle industry and primarily investigate cattle theft and other agricultural crimes, though they are well-trained in all facets of law enforcement. In all, TSCRA has 30 Special Rangers stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma who are commissioned through the Texas Department of Public Safety or Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The Special Rangers also oversee more than 80 TSCRA market inspectors who collect data, such as brands and other identifying marks on 4 to 5 million cattle sold at 100 Texas livestock markets each year. That information is entered into the TSCRA’s recording and retrieval system, which is a vital tool for law enforcement when investigating theft cases.
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