Reporter Steve Campbell (“Protecting Cattle,” Mar. 28) did an excellent job, but there is more to it!
Once law enforcement officers do their job and charges are filed, followed by a trial or plea, the perpetrator usually just gets probation with restitution paid through the probation office.
I have been a victim of cattle theft on several occasions, receiving very little compensation — and that at the discretion of the district judge.
One thief has paid about $50 in over five years involving a theft of 30 cows. Another thief stole $43,000 worth of cattle but has paid approximately half, and is now more than eight months delinquent.
If this man goes to prison, the law says I get no more restitution.
Texas has one of the worst brand laws in the west. Check the brand laws of other western states.