Preliminary hearing date set for Robinson, Boyd waives right to his
by C.F. David
Associate District Judge Ron Kincannon held initial appearances for Matthew James Robinson, (Friday), and James L. Boyd, Jr, (Monday), on charges of larceny of livestock and conspiracy.
Robinson, 23, faces two charges of larceny and Boyd, 32, seven larceny charges. Both have one each a charge of conspiracy.
According to court records, (CF 2006-4 and 5), the charges are for the alleged sale of livestock belonging to Cimarron County rancher Jim Ferguson without his consent. The conspiracy charges allege the two men met and conspired to take the calves.
The investigation started in late February of 2006 when New Mexico Brand Inspector Joel Gilbert contacted Cimarron County Sheriff Keith Borth with questions about the sale of six Black Angus calves at the Clayton, New Mexico sale ring. The calves, according to Gilbert, were brought to the ring and sold by Robinson. Gilbert then called Borth again on March 1 to report that Robinson had sold another eight calves.
“I thought maybe they were feedlot calves, or dairy calves,” Borth said. “But he, (Gilbert), told me ‘No, these are really good Black Angus calves.',” Borth added.
In the event of a conviction, each charge of larceny carries a potential sentence of three to ten years and/or a fine of three times the value of the livestock sold. The conspiracy charge carries a potential sentence of ten years and/or a fine of $5, 000.
April 18 was set for Robinson's preliminary hearing; Boyd waived his right to a preliminary and will move directly to an arraignment on an available court docket in May.
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