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"Navajo Tom"

Horse Thief Is Sent to Nebraska Prison 


Tom Nelson, Better Known as “Navajo Tom,” Arrested by Cheyenne Men, Is Given One to Ten Years.


Tom Nelson, known to officials of Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming as “Navajo Tom, and regarded as one of the cleverest horse thieves that every “turned a trick,” who was arrested February 13 by Deputy Sheriff George Carroll of Cheyenne as being a suspect in the case of Cunningham a number of cases that have been called to the attention of county officials during the last two years, plead guilty Saturday before the district court at Gerhing, Nebraska, and was sentenced to serve from one to ten years in the Nebraska State Prison at Lincoln.


In handcuffs and leg irons with an officer on either side the confessed thief was taken to Lincoln within a few hours after he had pleaded guilty.


Take no chances.  Following his arrest by Carroll on February 13, Nelson was turned loose on a $600 bond.  Feeling that no chances should be taken in the case, Carroll, accompanied by Charlie Irwin, went to Gerhing, and on fresh evidence had the man rearrested.  The case was pushed, and on learning that County Attorney Sam Thompson, armed with evidence secured by the Laramie County officials was coming to Gerhing to be present at the trial, Nelson changed his announced intention and plead guilty to the charge on which he was held.


Horse is Located.  Carroll and Thompson stated last night that the horse alleged to have been stolen from John Quirk of Pine Bluffs last August had been located at Meadow Gold, Nebraska.  It is said that Quirk will either have the horse back within a few days or his value in cash.



Wyoming State-Cheyenne State Leader – February 26, 1917