Two ranchers who were found guilty of kidnapping two men and beating one of them will spend up to 10 years on supervised probation.
Kiowa resident Rodney D. Couch and his son, Clinton L. Couch of Coalgate, were sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for kidnapping, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, according to Pontotoc County District Court records. The sentences were suspended, and the two men were placed on 10 years’ probation. However, Clinton Couch will serve the first two years of his sentence in prison before beginning probation.
The Couches were charged with kidnapping Steven Busby and Jason James and assaulted James in November 2010, according to the Feb. 10 edition of the Ada News. The case centered on a dispute over a grazing lease arrangement between Rodney Couch, Busby and James.
Rodney Couch owned horses which were allowed to graze on Busby’s land near Allen. In exchange, Rodney Couch would pay $3,000 and James would do 300 hours of work.
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