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Men who admitted killing cattle with bows and arrows sentenced in Rogers County

Two Broken Arrow men plead guilty to eight counts of animal cruelty
by Juliana Keeping Published: February 24, 2012
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— Two Broken Arrow men pleaded guilty Thursday to eight counts of animal cruelty after shooting nine head of Rogers County cattle with compound bows.

Six of the cattle were killed and three survived. Among the killed cattle was a 4-H member's show calf, Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said in a news release.

The shootings occurred Aug. 9 at rural Oologah-area ranches.

Traton Tyler Vanderpool, 19, and Jared Wade Barlass, 20, surrendered to law enforcement a week after the shootings and entered their pleas Thursday in Rogers County District Court.

The sheriff's office and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association followed anonymous tips to investigate the shootings.

Each man will have to complete the Regimented Inmate Discipline Program before serving four years of supervised probation. They each will pay a $100 fine and serve 60 days in jail or complete 240 hours of community service.

Both will pay full restitution to the ranchers who lost cattle.

A compound bow uses a levering system, making the bow capable of shooting arrows in excess of 300 feet per second, or roughly 204 mph, according to archery magazines.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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