An Oklahoma man convicted of cattle theft earlier this year has been sentenced to prison.

An investigation began last year after Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier received complaints from three separate victims in the area who alleged that calves had been stolen from their pastures. Perrier discovered that the missing cattle had been sold through several different livestock auction markets in northeastern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Records from the auction markets tied 32-year-old Cody Joseph Porter, and 43-year-old Michael Joseph Demaro to the crimes. The investigation also revealed several related cattle and equipment thefts across Oklahoma.Porter and Demaro were charged in August 2018 with three counts of larceny in Osage County.

On February 27, Porter was convicted on three counts of larceny of domestic animals, cattle. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and another 10 on probation. Officials say Demaro has yet to be arrested on the Osage County charges and has an outstanding arrest warrant.

Left to right: Michael Demaro and Cody Porter                                                       

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Osage County Sheriff’s Office or Special Ranger Perrier at (918) 847-3231.