For Immediate Release: June 24, 2011
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-469-0171
CENTERVILLE, TEXAS – A Leon County man was convicted Thursday of engaging in organized criminal activity and sentenced to 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine by a Leon County jury.
Sergio Flores, 44, who worked as a ranch manager at the Rainbolt Ranch in Leon County, stole $60,000 worth of cattle from his employer over a 15 month period.
He was originally arrested in October 2010 by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast for stealing 3 head of cattle from the same employer. That case is still pending.
“With the assistance of the Leon County Sheriff’s Department we were able to put together a strong case against Flores,” Mast said. “I’d like to especially thank Leon County District Attorney Whitney Smith and his staff for the outstanding job they did presenting this complicated case to the jury.”
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 134-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 75.9 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.