Henry Antrim – See William Bonney, aka: Billy the Kid
Maximo Apodaca (18??-1885) – An outlaw and murderer, Apodaca was convicted of murdering the Nesmith family in White Sands, New Mexico. Sent to prison, he committed suicide in prison in 1885.
Bill Applegate – Applegate led a gang of rustlers in New Mexico during the 1870s.
Nicholas Aragon – An outlaw who sometimes rode with Billy the Kid, Aragon was a cattle rustler and murderer. When tracked down by Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Jasper Corn on October 26, 1884, Aragon shot him. When he was tracked down once again by Lincoln County Sheriff John Poe and a posse on January 27, 1885, the killer shot down Deputy Sheriff John Hurley. Only after he was shot and wounded did he finally surrender. Convicted of murder, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Doroteo Arango Arámbula, aka: Francisco ”Pancho” Villa (1877-1923) – Outlaw, cattle rustler, and Mexican revolutionist, Pancho made numerous successful raids along the U.S. border. He was assassinated in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1923.
James Arcine (or Arcene) (18??-1885) – Cherokee Indians, Arcine and William Parchmeal killed a traveler named Henry Feigel as he was making his way through Indian Territory in 1872. Thirteen years later they were finally arrested, convicted, and hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas on June 26, 1885.
William Arnett (18??-1862) – Arnett showed up in Goldcreek, Montana on August 21, 1862, along with two other men named C.W. Spillman and B.F. Jermagin. The men had with them six excellent horses, but little or no supplies, which seemed a little odd to the locals. Four days later, on August 25th, two men from Elk City, Idaho, also arrived in Goldcreek saying that they had trailed the three men from the Idaho gold camps, where the horses had been stolen. Arnett was playing in a local saloon when he was confronted, but choosing to shoot it out, he was killed. According to legend, he clutched his cards so tightly in one hand, that he was buried with them.
David Arguello – Convicted of murdering Colorado peace officer, Francisco Garcia on October 19, 1905, Arguello was legally hanged in Raton, New Mexico on May 25, 1906.
John Barclay Armstrong (1850-1913) – He enlisted with the Travis Rifles in 1871 and joined the Texas Rangers in 1875, where he helped in the capture John King Fisher in 1874 and tracked and captured John Wesley Hardin in 1877. He retired as a captain in 1882 and died May 1, 1913.
Willis Arrington – A Texas outlaw, Arrington was charged with rustling cattle in 1881.
George Ashby – A horse thief that operated in Texas and Montana, Ashby killed a sheriff near the Powder River in Montana.
Joe Asque (18??-1877?) – When outlaw cattle rustler was captured near Hillsboro, New Mexico, he was lynched around 1877. However, the outlaw was able to cut himself down from the hangman’s noose and escaped.
David Atkins (18??-1964) – An outlaw and member of the Black Jack Ketchum gang, Atkins robbed trains throughout New Mexico, West Texas, and Arizona. He broke with the gang in 1898. Two years later he arrested in Montana for a Texas murder and was extradited. Out on bail, he escaped and would not be recaptured until 1911. Convicted of murder, it is amazing that he only received five years in prison. He died in 1964, having spent his last 32 years in a mental institution.
James Averell or (Averill) (1851-1889) – An alleged Wyoming cattle rustler who was not guilty, Averell was hanged, along with “Cattle Kate” Watson, by a cattle baron faction in 1889, just one of the many incidents that led to the Johnson County War.
Jesus Avott(a) – Convicted of horse theft in October 1889, Avott was sentenced to a year in the Arizona Territorial Prison in Yuma. He and several others, including the Apache Kid, were to be transported by stagecoach from Globe to Casa Grande, before being put on a train to Yuma. However, the stagecoach wouldn’t make it. On the second day of the trip, November 2, 1889, all but two of the prisoners were set out to walk up a steep ascent. However, the prisoners who were walking overpowered their guard and the driver, killing them both, and wounding another. The Apache Kid and the others quickly fled, leaving Avott behind. The young horse thief then cut loose one of the team horses and rode to the Riverside stage station near present-day Kelvin, Arizona. Reporting what had happened, Avott was pardoned by Governor Lewis Wolfley and did no time in prison. Afterward, he disappeared into history.
By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated December 2018.
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