On April 8, 2019, the Boyd County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of a criminal investigator of the Nebraska Brand Committee, served a search warrant on the ranch of Thomas and Carl Schuman. As a result of the search warrant, the sheriff’s office took custody of the cattle living on the Schuman ranch. Approximately 710 head of cattle varying in age, weight and gender were transported and sold by the Boyd County Sheriff’s Office at the Shamrock Livestock Market in O’Neill.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Boyd County Courthouse in Butte, the jury trial of Carl and Thomas Schuman began. After four days of testimony from various witnesses on behalf of the State and the Schuman brothers, the jury went into deliberation at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. At approximately 9 p.m. on Friday evening, Aug. 6, the jury had come to a verdict.

Carl Schuman and Thomas Schuman were both found guilty of one count of cruel neglect of animals, a Class 4 felony, one count of cruel neglect of animals, a Class I misdemeanor and 13 counts of improper disposal of a dead animal, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

The case against Carl and Thomas Schuman is one of the largest animal neglect cases to be tried in the State of Nebraska to date. This case was investigated by the Boyd County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigator Brent Deibler of the Nebraska Brand Committee and Boyd County Attorney Brent Kelly.

Carl and Thomas Schuman have a sentencing date of Oct. 25, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Boyd County Courthouse in Butte.


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