Former college rodeo team member admits to cattle rustling

Friday, February 11th 2005, 8:52 am
By: News On 6

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) -- A former member of the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M rodeo team is pleading guilty to stealing cattle in Ottawa County.

David Walker of Springdale, Arkansas, was given probation and fined $1,000.

He was charged in December with Jake Pianalto of Lincoln, Arkansas, and David Fox of Huntsville, Arkansas, with being part of a cattle rustling ring. The three were accused of stealing eight cows worth $6,200 from a farm in Bluejacket and selling them at a sale barn.

Fox pleaded guilty earlier this month and was also given probation. Fox must also pay $6,200 restitution.

Pianalto was also a member of the NEO rodeo team. He's to return to court next Friday.