Cameron, Texas – A Milam County jury today found William James Crenan, 59, Burlington, Texas, guilty of theft of $100,000 to $200,000 from an elderly person after he stole over 100 head of cattle from an El Paso rancher who was running cattle on Crenan’s pasture in northern Milam County.
This case was investigated by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Marvin Wills and Hal Dumas in cooperation with the Milam County Sheriff’s Office.
According to local authorities, the theft occurred on or around May 14, 2013. The week-long jury trial was held in the 20th District Court in Cameron, Texas with Judge John Youngblood presiding. Crenan’s charge is a 1st degree felony, with a punishment range of 5 to 99 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and a fine up to $10,000.
Crenan is expected to be sentenced within the next few weeks.
TSCRA has 30 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.
TSCRA is a 139-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.