- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - A jury has found a Mount Pleasant farmer guilty of providing inadequate care leading to the death of 72 calves and of improperly burying them.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports (https://bit.ly/1rkLKvD ) John Montross of was convicted Thursday after jurors deliberated for about 45 minutes in Isabella County court. He’s set to be sentenced in November on a felony count of neglecting 10 or more animals and a misdemeanor count of improper burial of animals.

A lawyer for Montross argued he bought marginal and sickly animals hoping to nurse them to sale weights and turn profits.

Prosecutors say he left the dead animals lying where they fell or in piles around his farm.

A separate trial on insurance fraud charges is on hold while Montross’ attorney tries to have evidence from his farm suppressed.

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Information from: Morning Sun, https://www.themorningsun.com/

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