by HEIDI HALL
Cross-posted from The Tennessean
Supporters of Tennessee Walking Horse abuser Jackie McConnell contend his personality can’t be summed up in a short video of him beating and soring a horse, and his sentencing should reflect his lifetime of helping others.
Several of his friends are cited in a sentencing memorandum filed today in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, where McConnell faces a judge Tuesday to learn if his agreement of probation will be accepted.
“I can’t think of one time when I saw him act in a manner unbecoming of a gentleman”, attorney Tom Greenholtz stated to the newspaper.
Prosecutors for the case “filed a memorandum saying the sentencing guidelines aren’t strong enough to address McConnell’s crime, and trial finding of guilt almost certainly would result in probation anyway.”
Hall further reports that the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum stated McConnell’s net worth is in the region of $2.2 million and hinted McConnell may help convict other horse sorers. Read full report >>
Soring is a cruel and abusive practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait in a freakishly high manner by intentionally inflicting pain to the hooves and forelegs.
— Jackie McConnell offered probation in Walking Horse abuse plea deal; The Tennessean; by Duane Gang; May 22, 2012 (includes HSUS video)
— See also Tennessee Walking Horse Industry SPECIAL REPORT by The Tennessean