30-year term handed down to self-confessed cattle rustler

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Bedford County man who pleaded guilty of rustling cattle that were recovered at a Mooresville-area farm was handed an effective sentence of 30 years on Monday.

Mark Robert Carter, 30, who was renting a house north of Shelbyville when he was arrested a year ago, had already been sentenced to four years in the state penitentiary, District Attorney Chuck Crawford said Wednesday.

But with consecutive sentencing by Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler, the confessed thief now faces up to three decades behind bars for all the charges in the Judicial District that includes Bedford, Marshall, Moore and Lincoln counties, Crawford said.

Six theft cases and two drug charges were concluded Monday with the court action arising from an investigation revealed by Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce after he got information from a Marshall County sheriff's detective.

That led to a roundup in Mooresville the morning after Carter was taken into custody. His arrest on the cattle rustling charges led to other charges and solutions to a series of thefts. In the weeks thereafter, a wide variety of farm implements were recovered as well as various vehicles.

The investigations led to other charges in other judicial districts, but Crawford didn't have a record at hand on what's happened in those cases.

Lawmen who developed the case with Boyce included two investigators with the state's Agricultural Crime Unit who could not be named, Bedford Detectives James "Scooter" Bonner and Brian Farris, and Marshall County Sheriff's Capt. Norman Dalton and Detective Bob Johnson.