Mr. McConnell pled guilty to 12 of the 22 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty against him, involving the soring abuse of multiple walking horses being trained at his barn in Fayette County. 5 of those counts were run consecutively to each other, for a total effective sentence of 5 years, all of which was suspended and run concurrently to his federal felony sentence and probation, conditioned upon the following:
1 year house arrest supervision by CMC, and upon successful completion of the same, the remaining 4 years supervised release on state probation; payment of a total fine of $25,000.00 plus court costs; relinquish and forfeit any claim of title, ownership, or possession of and to the horses that were seized from his barn and which were the subjects of the abuse and cruelty; he must sell and completely divest himself of any title, ownership, or possession of any remaining horses within 120 days from today; he is prohibited and banned from owning, possessing, training, or housing any horses for a period of 20 years. Mr. McConnell was denied any form of judicial diversion relief to which he may have been entitled.
Codefendant Mays pled guilty to 4 counts of animal cruelty, and received consecutive sentences totaling 4 years, all suspended, upon supervised state probation, concurrent with his federal sentence and probation.
Codefendant Dockery pled guilty to 3 counts of animal cruelty, and received consecutive sentences totaling 3 years, all suspended, upon supervised state probation, concurrent with his federal sentence and probation.
Honestly, this is good news, especially since animal abuse was not considered a felony at the time he was arrested. I imagine they're going to keep a close eye on him at this point. Now let's see the same kind of justice on Wheelon, especially since now it IS a felony.