Featured image of post The top elected official in Texas’ smallest county has been charged with cattle theft

The top elected official in Texas’ smallest county has been charged with cattle theft

Loving County Judge Skeet Jones, the scion of a powerful ranching family, was arrested after a yearlong investigation that is ongoing, authorities said.

· 3807 points

Loving County Judge Skeet Jones, the scion of a powerful ranching family, was arrested after a yearlong investigation that is ongoing, authorities said.

Highlights

  • Judge Skeet Jones, 71, is facing three felony counts of livestock theft and one count of engaging in criminal activity.
  • He is accused of gathering up and selling stray cattle in Loving County, Texas.
  • The county has no school, no church, no grocery store and no bank, population 57 as of the last U.S.
  • Census Bureau estimate.
  • A handful of prominent families have feuded bitterly for control of the local government, with the Joneses largely coming out ahead.
  • But some recently elected county officials have been butting heads with Joneses and their allies, making for colorful commissioner’s court meetings and a much-anticipated November election.