Retired Lawman To Challenge Incumbent Sheriff In Hometown of Slain Idaho Rancher Jack Yantis
By Martin Hill
March 13, 2016


Adams County, Idaho Sheriff Ryan Zollman has an unexpected challenger in his upcoming reelection bid for sheriff.

Zollman employs the two deputies who shot and killed 62-year-old rancher Jack Yantis on November 1, 2015. Folks in the small town of Council Idaho, where Jack Yantis lived, were hoping to find a candidate to replace Zollman for Sheriff in their county, and now they've found him.

The candidacy of Tom Watts was announced on the 'Justice for Jack' Facebook page on Saturday. The message read:


My name is Tom Watts, and I am running for Sheriff of Adams County. I grew up in a small town in Nevada and worked on the local ranches before going to work for the Washoe County Sheriff's Department. I proudly served my community as a law enforcement officer for over 20 years in Nevada without ever having a citizen file a complaint against me. I have also worked private security for mining companies in that area. I moved to Adams County in 2012. It has been my pleasure to simply be a part of this community, and it was my intention to retire from law enforcement. I have been moved to run for this office by the serious issues facing our county, and our nation. Several members of the community have observed that my familiarity with ranching, mining and law enforcement make me uniquely suited to be Sheriff of Adams County. I believe my experience and leadership skills are what this community needs to help move forward together toward a stronger future, a stronger community."

On the evening of Sunday November 1, 2015, Jack Yantis was having a peaceful dinner with his wife Donna and nephew Rowdy Paradis in their home, when a sheriff's dispatcher called Jack and told him that one of his bulls had been hit by a car, was injured and that they needed his help with the situation. Jack kindly obliged, in what ended with a shocking and bloody tragedy that rocked this small ranching community to its' core. Family members of the slain 62-year-old rancher have explained how the shooting went down. Jack Yantis' widow Donna, 63-years-old, gave this account of the incident from her hospital bed. (She had a heart attack upon seeing the police murder her husband.)

"On Nov. 1 at approximately 7 p.m. Adams County Sheriff's Department called and told us there was a bull that got hit and they wanted us on the scene and he was mad. So we went down to check it out. I took Jack his gun so he could put the bull out of its misery. When he walked up there and was gonna put him down the officer came up and jerked him back almost off his feet. I don't know what they told him, but they just opened fire and shot him. And then they threatened me and my nephew, Rowdy Paradis, threw us on the middle of Highway 95, searched us and handcuffed us and wouldn't let us go take care of Jack."

Rowdy Paradis, who was with Jack when he was killed and then held at gunpoint with his elderly aunt and kept from helping his dying uncle as he bled to death on the roadside, said that Jack was "Murdered in cold blood by trigger happy rookies.. I hope they get the death penalty."

In a subsequent TV interview, Donna Yantis said "I just know I'll never forget their faces now, because I see them every night," she said as she nearly broke into tears. "It was murder. They're not here to protect us. They're not here to serve us. It's wrong," she said. "They are just patrolling to just pick up anyone for anything," she added.

Jack Yantis daughter Sara stood with her husband and children on the spot where her father was, as she put it, "brutally gunned down and murdered by the Adams County deputies."

At a dramatic press conference on Highway 95, Sara said "My Dad Was Brutally Gunned Down & Murdered By The Deputies, Left For Dead Like Common Roadkilll." :

"This is the exact spot where my dad Jack Yantis was brutally gunned down and murdered by the Adams County deputies. Though it has been washed twice, and it rained for a night and a day, his blood still remains here on the road. I believe this is where his blood is going to stay until he receives justice for the tragic and needless murder. My father did not receive any care, including medical care, prior to my arrival. And he was shot and left for dead like common roadkill. At the same time, the bull was left to suffer and bleed out inhumanely. When asked to put it down, they would not do it. While my father's blood stains this pavement, the officers that murdered him are on paid leave. What has America come to? It's no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave." broke the story publishing the identities of the two killers on November 30, 2015, 30 days after it occurred. Sheriff Zollman had refused to name them, allegedly for 'their safety,' and put them on paid leave, where they remain to this day. The corporate media had also been too gutless to name the killers, which frustrated many in the small town. That is when a local Council resident contacted with all the info, and we published our expose on the killers and their past.

The story went so viral that Sheriff Zollman was forced to hold to press conference nearly 15 hours later, at 6PM that evening announcing that he had coincidentally decided that 'it was time' to release the two killer deputies names.

In reaction to our story, Ademo Freeman of wrote: "Yesterday I posted an exceptional overview regarding the murder of Jack Yantis by two deputies in Idaho. The story was shared from and was written by Martin Hill. Today he emailed me again stating that the names have been released and that the below update was at his site. This goes to show the power of social media, public pressure and networking with each other to achieve a shared goal. I'd like to thank Mr. Hill for his dedication to this story, in the interest of transparency and justice."

Mike Rivero at said it was "A victory for the independent media!" [Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - Hour 2.] Mike begins, "Here's an interesting story, a little bit of good news. You've probably been hearing about the killing of Jack Yantis and how the Idaho government and law enforcement were trying to withhold the names of the police officers who killed him, 'out of concern for the officer's safety.' And over at they found out the names of the officers. Sheriffs Brian Wood and Cody Roland. And they put out a story, we carried it here at, it went VIRAL, and NOW the Idaho Sheriff has been forced to acknowledge yes, these are the people who killed Jack Yantis. So there's a victory for the independent media! And a reminder that we have a little more influence on affairs than sometimes the government would like to believe. And that's DEFINITELY a plus."

William Grigg of the Pro Libertate blog wrote "Martin, congrats on compelling Zollman to disclose the shooters' names... All my best, Will."

Robert Wenzel of wrote: "Kudos to Martin Hill for breaking open the full story of the murder of rancher Jack Yantis. Hill's reporting begins: '62-year-old Idaho rancher Jack Yantis was having a peaceful dinner with his family on Sunday, November 1st when the local Sheriff's dispatcher called to tell him that one of his bulls had been hit by a car and needed to be put down. Soon after he went to assist as requested, Yantis was shot to death on a dark roadside in front of his wife and nephew.' Read the full account, and Hill's identifying, for the first time, the killers by name, here. [ Government-Trained SNIPER Kills Rancher About to Put Down His Injured Bull.]

Dr. Kevin Barrett of Truth wrote: "Martin has been doing great work on the killing of Idaho rancher Jack Yantis by two Adams County deputies - including publishing their names and forcing the Sheriff and the media to follow suit. Nice work, Martin!"

The Idaho State Police, which has been conducting an investigation into Yantis death, been stalling for nearly five months, and just announced last week that their investigation is completed. The prosecutor is expected to release their findings soon. Many in the local town expect a whitewash, as is so common in police shootings.

Sheriff Ryan Zollman is really a piece of work, and has been the primary source of data and research on Zollman and the Yantis case. Rather than recount it all here I will post our Yantis case archives below.

In a nutshell, Zollman is a federalized sheriff whose deputies all receive DHS (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) training and funding. Zollman is tied in with gun seizures in his county, supports the phony 'war on drugs,' mandated vaccines for all his officers, etc. At a town hall meeting after Yantis was killed, Zollman was questioned directly as to whether his deputies were trained by DHS and he responded with a resounding "NO." That was very stupid, since LibertyFight had already published extensive records from the official minutes of the Adams County meetings, which outlined countless documents of DHS training, funding, mandated reporting, etc. for DHS and the Adams County Sheriff's office. Zollman is a proven liar and should be kicked out of office immediately.

LibertyFight sent Zollman an email before releasing the killers names in November, asking him some very pointed questions. He refused to reply. A few months after our story was published naming the killers, in a private meeting with our source a few months ago, Zollman's undersheriff angrily inquired about this website, asking "I don't know who this LibertyFight guy is!"

Furthermore, instead of taking responsibility for his part in this tragedy, Sheriff Zollman had the gall to play the victim. For months had been tearing up at press conferences claiming that his life and his family had been threatened countless times by maniacs who were outraged about Jack Yantis death. LibertyFight asked him if any of these alleged death-threaters had been arrested or charged for making terrorist threats. The truth is that anyone who threatens any public figure, politician, or cop would be tracked down and have their door kicked in by a SWAT Team within moments. Simply google "arrested for making threats on the internet" to see thousands of examples of this. So Zollman is either lying about being threatened, or, if it is true that he was threatened countless times as he claims, then he has proven himself to be completely incompetent as a lawman, if he cannot even investigate, arrest, find, and prosecute criminals who are allegedly threatening his own very family!

Get this clown out of office immediately and elect a different sheriff, ASAP.

Here is his Facebook page, with photos and a more detailed bio.: TOM WATTS FOR ADAMS COUNTY SEHRIFF

Here are the Jack Yantis Case Archives. Or, you can simply look in the green box below.

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Idaho State Police Prepare To Release Jack Yantis Whitewash 1/21/16

While On Paid Leave, Killer Cop Plays On Facebook, Proclaiming the Benefits of Spanking Kids & 'Parents Who Have Taken Discipline Too Far' 12/17/15

Jack Yantis Case- Related Persons Facebook Accounts

Idaho State Police Crawling All Over Council, Hometown of Jack Yantis: Whitewash Expected Soon 12/16/15

Grand Jury Author Proposes Adams County, Idaho Grand Jury For Jack Yantis Killing 12/15/15

Donna Yantis Speaks Out: "It Was MURDER! They're not here to protect us. They're not here to serve us. It's wrong." 12/10/15

Idaho Deputy Brian Wood's Shocking New Facebook Post About The Jack Yantis Killing 12/9/15

I'm The One Who Outed Jack Yantis' Killers Last Week. Here Is My Reply To Idaho Deputy Brian Wood's Shocking Facebook Post About Jack's Killing 12/9/15 (MUST SEE.)

WOW: After Names The Deputies, Wife of Deputy Who killed Jack Yantis says "I am very proud of both of these men!" 12/3/15

State of Idaho Visits Article Naming Cops; Rowdy Yantis Posts It On His Facebook Page 11/30/15

A Few Questions For Adams County Idaho Sheriff Ryan Zollman Why did Zollman lie about the fact that his officers are trained by DHS?

Sent: Sun 11/15/2015 6:39 AM

Hello Sheriff Zollman. I know you were asked at the town meeting last Tuesday if your deputies were trained by the Dept. of Homeland Security, to which you replied "NO."

Can I ask why you replied no, when all there are countless records in the official Adams County meeting minutes, not to mention reports in your town's local newspaper archives, outlining your DHS Grants, DHS funding, DHS classes for your deputies, which are required for you to get the grant money, forms to be filled out confirming that your deputies completed the DHS courses, DHS classes both online and in person, active shooter training classes paid for by DHS for your deputies, etc., etc.
Why did you answer NO to that question? If federal grant $$$ and federalized police training is so great, why deny it is occurring in your department?

Sheriffs Who Killed Idaho Rancher Had 'Active Shooter Training Sessions' Courtesy Of U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

"Murdered in cold blood by trigger happy rookies.. I hope they get the death penalty" Nephew of Slain Rancher Says

State Of Idaho Concerned About Gerry Spence, Googling "yantis case and gerry spence"

Jack Yantis' Daughter Video Statement: "My Dad Was Brutally Gunned Down & Murdered By The Deputies, Left For Dead Like Common Roadkilll"

Attorney Gerry Spence of 'Ruby Ridge' Fame To Assist Family of Jack Yantis (Idaho Rancher Slaughtered By Sheriffs) 10/11/15

Full-House at Idaho Town Meeting on Jack Yantis Killing: "How can it be more obvious this is a crime!" Daughter of Rancher Says 10/11/15

Gun Grabber DHS Sheriff 'BEGS AND PLEADS FOR PATIENCE' After his Deputies Slaughter Rancher
2 Sheriff Perps under Armed protection, Kept Anonymous, Skirted out of town

Idaho Sheriff's Dept. That Slaughtered Rancher Jack Yantis Was Trained by Dept. of Homeland Security 11/9/15

'Pro Gun' Adams County, Idaho Sheriff Ryan Zollman Seizes Guns From Local Residents, Sells Them

Relative of Murdered Rancher Jack Yantis Serves in Local Adams County, Idaho Government

Idaho Sheriff's Dept. Posts About The Murder Of Rancher Jack Yantis On Facebook


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"Blest are they, full of sorrow, they shall be consoled."

"Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied." Matthew 5:6

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