THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports:
A Pennsylvania woman accused of selling thoroughbreds for slaughter instead of adopting them as promised can enter a program for first-time offenders under a deal with prosecutors.
Kelsey Lefever waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges of theft by deception. Prosecutors say she promised horse owners she would put four of the animals up for adoption but instead sold them to an agent for a Canadian slaughterhouse.
Dauphin County First Assistant District Attorney Francis Chardo tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that Lefever will be banned from working at horse tracks and won’t be allowed to obtain any additional horses for two years.
This quote from Kelsey Lefever’s lawyer is beyond belief:
Defense attorney Michael Sheldon says the resolution was in his client’s best interest. He says the Honeybrook, Chester County woman’s love of horses hasn’t diminished.
While we did not expect a harsh penalty, we did not expect something quite as lenient as this.