advertised for gunmen to help shoot the 23 horses on his
land. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post
At 6:30 a.m., 28 people, including two state veterinarians, an official from the state Brand Inspector's Office, Weld County deputies and local horse rescue representatives, went to a 45-acre ranch near Fort Lupton and removed the horses that were under the care of Trenton H. Parker
The herd is composed of nine mares and 14 stallions.
, 64, made a threat last week, distributing a flier announcing a "public execution" of the horses to protest Weld County zoning codes.
Parker's flier advertised "Riflemen-Executioners Wanted" to kill the horses.
Weld County Undersheriff
Margie Martinez said that authorities obtained a restraining order against Parker
on Thursday night from a district court judge.
Martinez said that Parker
, who was on the property, did not resist but had been "very vocal."
Parker was a well-known figure in Denver in the early 1980s, described then as a Denver real-estate and securities "whiz" who briefly ran for U.S. senator for Colorado before running afoul of the law.
In February 1982, he
pleaded guilty to five federal fraud, perjury and tax charges and agreed to return at least $6 million to investors bilked in a gold-mine tax-shelter scheme.
spent five years in prison for mail fraud and tax evasion.
During an interview with The Denver
Members of the Weld County Sheriff's Department stand near the entrance to Trenton Parker's
property in Fort Lupton today.
They helped seize the horses he
threatened to kill. (Special to The Denver Post)
Post today, Parker
said that one reason he
was living on the property east of Fort Lupton was to "get away from everyone, but obviously that didn't work."
Parker claimed that during his glory days in Denver, he actually was working for the CIA and that his run for the U.S. Senate was orchestrated by the CIA.
said the flier about shooting the horses was only an attempt to call attention to his
treatment at the hands of Weld County officials, who want him to clean up the property at Weld County Roads 8 and 35.
This morning, Parker
said that although authorities had launched a "sneak attack" on the property, he
was happy the horses would be cared for.
It says Parker
is "immediately restrained" from neglecting or mistreating livestock on "his
property" or anywhere in Weld County
The order also blocks him from soliciting others to kill or mistreat the horses.
It also prohibits Parker
from violating any provision of the Colorado
Animal Protection Act.
Under Quammen's order, the Colorado
Commissioner of Agriculture was authorized to seize the horses and turn them over to the Weld County Sheriff's Department
The judge warned that if Parker
fails to comply with the order, he
may be further sanctioned, including being found in contempt of court.
is heading to jail Tuesday to serve a 90-day jail sentence for contempt of court for failing to clean up the parcel of land, which is strewn with old trailers and school buses.
Parker is not the owner of the 45-acre parcel but was taking care of it for a group of investors, he said.
"I was dumb enough to stick around and try to help them," said Parker
Although animal-rescue groups say Parker
holds title to the horses, he
said today the animals are owned by an investment group of "elderly ladies."