AR-News(US) Couple gets 6 months for neglecting horses

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Sun Jun 22 08:41:26 EDT 2003

[from Salem Statesman Journal]

BEND — Wayne and Rebecca Nichols, the central Oregon couple who
pleaded guilty to neglecting 129 horses, have been sentenced to more
than six months in jail.

The abuse, uncovered in December, stunned people throughout the
state, and Judge Michael Adler said he considered the sentence to be
a lenient one.

“It’s about as light a sentence as I can imagine,” the judge said.
“Three days in jail for each horse, three days for the pain and
misery each horse suffered in your care.”

Wayne Nichols, 68, received 195 days in jail; Rebecca Nichols, 62,
got 192 days. Each must pay a $1,000 fine. When released, they will
face five years of supervised probation and will be prohibited from
owning animals during that time.

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