Boyd moves toward Feb. trial

Rosas waives jury, speedy trail, courtdate set for May

by C.F. David


In a court hearing on Monday, James L. Boyd, Jr. asked for jury trial, and received a date of Feb. 2 to appear to answer for seven charges of larceny of livestock and one of conspiracy.

The charges derive from Boyd's arrest for the theft of calves from Cimarron County rancher Jim Ferguson in December, 2005 and February and March of 2006. The theft charges carry penalties of three to ten years and or fines of up to three times the value of the livestock.

The conspiracy charge can bring a sentence of ten years and or a fine of $5 thousand.

The investigation began in late February of 2006 when New Mexico Brand Inspector Joel Gilbert contacted Cimarron County Sheriff Keith Borth with questions about the sale of six Black Angus calves at the Clayton, New Mexico sale ring. The calves, according to Gilbert, were brought to the ring and sold. Gilbert then called Borth again on March 1 to report that another eight calves had been sold.

“I thought maybe they were feedlot calves, or dairy calves,” Borth said. “But he, (Gilbert), told me ‘No, these are really good Black Angus calves.',” Borth added.

In early November District Judge Greg Zigler accepted a plea from Boyd's accomplice, Matt Robinson for concealment of stolen property. Robinson is serving 90 days in the Cimarron county jail and received two five year adjudicated sentences for his part in the thefts.

Rosas waves jury, speedy trials

Also on Monday, a Boise City man, Eric Rosas, waived his rights to a speedy and jury trail and waits for a May trial on charges of attempted rape.

Rosas' charges derive from an April 2006 incident where he was accused of : With the use of force and violence, made threats of bodily harm while attempting to overcome the resistance of a young woman to sexual advances.

The punishment for this felony could range from five years to life in prison.

Rosas also had been charged with having exposed himself to the female while in a public place. The punishment for this felony could range from a fine of $500 to $20,000 and/or a sentence of 30 days to ten years.

On Monday, District Attorney Mike Boring agreed to drop the second charge.