Prosecutor Asks for Max in Walking Horse Abuse Case

Federal prosecutors want the maximum penalty for award-winning horse trainer Jackie McConnell, who pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act. In a sentencing memorandum filed last week, prosecutor Steve Neff recommends McConnell receive the maximum sentence of 5 years probation, in addition to a fine up to $250,000 and a ban from “owning, exhibiting, selling, transporting, working with or training horses, or even assisting the training of horses.” Sentencing in the case has been rescheduled to Sept. 18, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

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