For those of you have been following DeliMarket News, you already know about the now infamous Carthage Cattle Ring. Following the sentencing of ring member Michael Duane Nettles for 35 years behind bars, a second perpetrator is now being convicted—Stacie Laine Soape.
The 44-year-old Carthage, Texas woman has officially been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to her involvement with the September 30, 2014, theft of 12 head of cattle and ranching equipment from a Harrison County rancher. Harrison County 71st District Court Judge Brad Morin was the official at the helm of the case.
“I am pleased Judge Morin held this cattle thief accountable,” said Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand. “I also appreciate District Attorney Solomon, his staff and the many other law enforcement officials who have worked diligently throughout this investigation. Thanks to these efforts, another cattle thief is in prison and justice prevailed for these victims.”
According to a press release from the TSCRA, Soape’s previous felony convictions enhanced her theft of livestock offense from a third degree felony to second degree felony. She is currently being held at the Harrison County Jail before her impending transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
Soape stole the cattle along with three cohorts: the aforementioned Nettles, Alex Christopher Hinton, and Elizabeth Ann Newton. Hinton and Newton are both currently out on bond and awaiting trial in Harrison County.