A New Mexico father and son face felony assault charges for beating a man they believe was trying to steal their cattle.
Cibola County Sheriff’s Deputies said the two cattle ranchers, James Bruce Latham, 80, and his son Brad, 55, beat Troy Elkins with sticks, an ax handle and brass knuckles after attempting to run him over in their car.
KRQE.com reports some in the community think Elkins got off easy after he stole cattle from the Latham ranch years ago. Elkins served a year in jail after he attempted to sell the stolen cattle at an auction following a 2006 investigation. He has been in and out of jail over the past five years for violating probation.
The Lathams claim Elkins is rustling again and, according to the criminal complaint, Elkins “got what he deserved.”