Oklahoma cattle shooting suspects plead guilty

Two Broken Arrow men pleaded guilty Feb. 23 to 8 counts of cruelty to animals for shooting 9 head of Rogers County cattle with a bow and arrow, killing 6 of them.

Traton Tyler Vanderpool, 19, and Jared Wade Barlass, 20, were sentenced to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) program for one year. Upon successful completion of the boot camp-style program, the defendants will serve 4 years of supervised probation, pay a $100 fine, serve 60 days in the Rogers County jail or complete 240 house of community service.

Vanderpool and Barlass will also pay full restitution to the ranchers in this case.

In August 2011, Vanderpool and Barlass turned themselves in to authorities after a number of tips were received by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Cummings and the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department. Those tips led to the duo being questioned by Special Ranger John Cummings and Rogers County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Joe Garber.

“We owe a lot of thanks to the diligence and hard work of Special Ranger Cummings. His participation in the case was one of the main reasons it was solved,” said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. “This was a unique case in that it affected a variety of people. From the ranchers, whose livelihoods depend on the cattle they produce, to a young 4-H member who lost her show calf, along with folks from the general public who were concerned about the welfare of the cattle so violently harmed. We appreciate our relationship we have with the community and the assistance we receive from groups like the TSCRA Special Rangers.”