Man gets 20 years after selling horse with altered records
Longview, TX — A Louisiana man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to selling a horse with fraudulent records to a woman in Upshur County, District Attorney Billy Byrd said Thursday.
Edwin Williams, 55, was arrested on Nov. 20, 2013, for selling a horse with an altered Coggins test to Julie Chandler of East Mountain.
State law requires that all livestock have accurate records and each animal must have a Coggins test, which screens the animal for viruses and disease.
“Technically, he (Williams) has had three felony convictions for doing the same thing in other states,” Byrd said. “There have been multiple victims in Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Indiana. He deserved a hefty punishment for this.”
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Larry Hand investigated the case.
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