A trailer and livestock theft suspect who led Pottawatomie County authorities on a manhunt before being arrested and charged in July has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced in his case.

A trailer and livestock theft suspect who led Pottawatomie County authorities on a manhunt before being arrested and charged in July has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced in his case.

Michael J. Demaro, 42, was formally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with felonies of possession of a stolen vehicle and two counts of knowingly concealing stolen property.

His case has moved swiftly through the process since the July filing, with court records showing he waived his right to a preliminary hearing early on and then pleaded guilty to the charges on Aug. 29. He also waived a pre-sentence investigation and was sentenced the same day.

Demaro was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections in each the three counts, but also received credit for time served since July 5.

He will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he is transferred to DOC custody.

Demaro, along with Cody J. Porter, 27, became the subjects of a manhunt off U.S. 177 near Westech Road on July 5 after they were confronted at an area gas station in a stolen trailer with stolen livestock inside.

Demaro was captured the night of the manhunt in an area along Bethel Road and Porter was arrested a few days later in Owasso.

Authorities say they were allegedly involved in the theft of a trailer and bucking horses, as well as about 20 head of goat and sheep, Undersheriff Travis Palmer reported.

Porter faces a total of six felony counts where the crime occurred in Logan County, including several counts of larceny of livestock after former felony conviction, cruelty to animals and knowingly concealing stolen property.

In addition to finding the three stolen bucking horses in the trailer on July 5, Palmer said deputies found 20 head of sheep and goats confirmed stolen from Langston University a week earlier. Demaro and Porter were on camera at the station, which helped authorities identify them.

Numerous law enforcement agencies joined the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s deputies in the manhunt

During the ordeal, officials from the Shawnee Expo Center assisted in caring for the horses, while the other livestock was taken to the Expo Center for holding overnight so they could be fed and watered, Palmer said, adding that deputies appreciate the Expo Center’s assistance.

After his capture, Demaro led deputies to an area in Pottawatomie County where they recovered a stolen pickup and trailer that the goats were originally in when it was stolen from Langston University

That setup had a value of about $17,000 for the truck and trailer, along with the value of about $4,000 for the recovered goats, Palmer said. The original trailer recovery that launched the manhunt had a value of $10,000 trailer, plus another $15,000 for the stolen three horses that were recovered.