Approximate Age: 51
Location: Rockland, ME (US)
Jan 28, 2010 - Waldoboro, ME (US)
Convicted: Horse neglect - 15 horses, 7 found dead
Sentence: Donald L. Genthner accused of abusing horses on a Waldoboro farm pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of animal abuse Nov. 29 in Lincoln County Superior Court, but will only be sentenced on all five of the counts if he fails to comply with court-imposed conditions for a two-year period.
His attorney Robert Rubin explained that Genthner pleaded guilty on a deferred disposition. As a result, if Genthner does not commit any crimes for the next two years and continues to observe his bail conditions, four of the five counts will be withdrawn.
On the one remaining conviction, if he meets all of the conditions, Genthner will have to pay a $500 fine, under the terms of the plea agreement.
If, on the other hand, he violates his bail conditions or commits any new crimes, he would be sentenced on all five counts.
The conditions ban him from owning any hoofed animals and he cannot work with hoofed animals unless supervised by their owner.
Rubin explained that the deferred disposition refers to crimes of violence or crimes of dishonesty. Traffic or drug violations will not affect the plea agreement.... more...