McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson says he got a call from the Springfield Metro Bar Association last Friday (05-21-10) about Arthur "Tom" Crow, 79. "Crow didn't like the way a judge was conducting his son's trial and allegedly told someone at the Bar Association that he was going to get a gun and go take care of him [Judge John LePage] himself."
The same day a jury found his son, Holder Crow, 44, Garfield, AR, guilty of cattle theft, theft of property and animal abuse. Last year a Highway Patrol press release stated that on September 8, 2009, a motorist called 9-1-1 and reported a cow had fallen through the bottom of a livestock trailer, it's legs dragging along U. S. 71 in McDonald County.
The trailer and 11 head of cattle were stolen from a farm in southern McDonald County. Four of the animals had to be put down.
Holder, who is also facing drug charges in McDonald County, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14th.
Sheriff Evenson says that one of the co-defendants in the case, Ricky K. Obenshain, 35, Hinesville, AR, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Another co-defendant, Stephanie J. Weston, 36, Pea Ridge, AR, is scheduled to go to trial in June.