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Tuesday, Aug 31, 2004County: McLean
Defendant/Suspect: Levi Lanning
A man has been given a suspended sentence for mistreating a horse he was training. Levi Lanning, 29, of Mercer, was sentenced to one year in prison suspended for two years with supervised release. He also must pay restitution to the horse's owner for veterinary bills.
Lanning was found guilty last in Aug 2005 by McLean County jury.
The horse's owner told authorities last September that she found the starving horse in her yard after leaving it in Lanning's care two months earlier.
Judge Donald Jorgensen ordered unannounced health inspections of animals in Lanning's care.
Lanning faces trial in September on a separate charge of mistreating an animal, involving a colt found nearly starved while in his care. The charge also is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Both horses survived.
- Grand Forks Herald - Aug 23, 2005
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