Clinton Easter, 47, of Eastland County, was convicted on Thurs. Jan. 28 of two first degree felony cattle theft charges in Coleman County and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He will serve 30 years confinement concurrently on each case. Easter had also been charged with the same of similar offenses in Eastland, Comanche and Stephens counties.
Easter confessed to the crimes and Coleman County District Attorney Heath Hemphill prosecuted the case.
Easter was found guilty after an investigation, led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Joe Roberts and H.D. Brittain, revealed he was responsible for the thefts. TSCRA Special Rangers Wayne Goodman, Marvin Wills and John Bradshaw assisted with the investigation.
Roberts said additional prosecutions are expected to be handed down in this case.
TSCRA would like to thank the following for their assistance with this investigation: Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) Texas Rangers, Eastland County Sheriff’s Department, Coleman County Sheriff’s Department, Comanche County Sherriff’s Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Cisco Police Department.
“Through the teamwork of TSCRA Special Rangers, law enforcement authorities and District Attorney Hemphill, we were able to send a clear message that cattle theft comes with extremely severe consequences,” said Roberts. “I appreciate those who worked with us throughout the investigation to make sure justice prevailed.”
For a photo of Easter visit www.tscra.org/images/mugshots/Easter_Mug_Shot_0216.jpg.