By Meghan Millea
Cattle rustling is no longer a hanging offense in the United States, but authorities still take it seriously.
Last week, two men were arrested near Gnadenhutten after being accused of taking part in a cattle-rustling ring. Six cattle, including a black bull, were recovered at the Gnadenhutten-area farm owned by 42-year-old Jack B. Callahan. Callahan and David B. Henderson, 24, of Kimbolton reportedly stole more than 40 head of cattle from farms in Tuscarawas and Coshocton counties.
On Tuesday, Callahan and Henderson waived their right to a preliminary hearing in Tuscarawas County Southern District Court, in favor of having their case heard by a Tuscarawas County grand jury.
Both men have been charged with fourth-degree felony theft, said Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Amanda Miller. If convicted, they could serve nine to 36 months in prison.
Miller noted that cattle rustling used to be considered a hanging offense. The harsh punishment was on the books in Ohio law for years — long after it ceased to be a method used to punish those particular offenders.
“It’s not a hanging offense any longer,” she said. “There are no special punishments associated with theft of cattle.”
Detective Jeff Moore of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department was one of the case’s primary investigators. He said warrants were served to Callahan and Henderson following the conclusion of an 18-month investigation. More....