State of Nebraska - Genealogy Trails
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
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.
State Leader – February