Texas judge arrested, charged with cattle rustling and racketeering

MENTONE, Texas — A special ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association arrested Loving County Judge Skeet Lee Jones on Friday. Jones was charged with cattle rustling and involvement in racketeering.

The special ranger said an investigation had been carried out during the year. Judge Jones and three others were charged with collecting stray (loose) cattle and selling them. Officially the judge was indicted for the theft of three head of cattle. But the special ranger said there will most likely be additional charges.

Jones was taken to the nearby Winkler County Jail.

It wasn’t Judge Jones’s first brush with trouble. In 2016, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public warning and further education order.

The commission said Jones changed speeding tickets into parking violations. The violator would pay a higher fine but still maintain a clean driving record. The commission said the parking tickets exceeded the amounts allowed by law.

At that time, Judge Jones was ordered to complete 10 hours of instruction.

As for the current case, EverythingLubbock.com contacted the Winkler County Sheriff’s Office to request a copy of Jones’ booking photo and information about the bond Jones would have to post to get out of jail. We will provide an update when possible.

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