- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PETERSBURG, Neb. (AP) - A man has been given probation and six months in jail instead of the 60 days that prosecutors recommended as part of a plea agreement with a man convicted of neglecting horses on his Boone County property.

Norfolk station KNEN reports (https://bit.ly/1JxRJHW ) that Judge Rachel Dougherty handed down the tougher sentence Tuesday to James Majerus. The 67-year-old originally was charged with two felony and 11 misdemeanor counts of livestock neglect after several malnourished horses were removed from the property in December. Majerus pleaded no contest and was convicted in August of one felony count after prosecutors reduced the charges.

Dougherty cited a previous neglect case involving Majerus in which a co-defendant was sentenced to six months. The judge says giving Majerus anything less than six months wouldn’t have been fair.

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Information from: KNEN-FM, https://www.knenfm.com

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