DUANE GANG, writing for The Tennessean reports:
CHATTANOOGA — A plea agreement with prosecutors likely will keep nationally known Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie L. McConnell out of prison.
McConnell, 60, featured in an undercover video beating and applying caustic chemicals to horses’ hooves, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Chattanooga. He could have faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his actions in violating a federal law against the abusive practice.
Prosecutors cited his age, health and federal sentencing guidelines, which are based in part on a person’s prior criminal record, for agreeing to probation. Continue reading >>
After the nightmarish cruelties committed against these horses, the Court feels sorry for McConnell? Or thinks he deserves consideration because he pleaded guilty saving the Court time and money?
Whatever his age, McConnell is plenty strong and healthy enough to vigorously beat and torture horses. So McConnell is most certainly strong and healthy enough to withstand prison time.
This is a gross injustice, and signals to everyone within reading and hearing range of this atrocity just how little America values its horses and what a pitiful legal system this country has.