Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tennessee: Jason Kennedy, 40, and Travis Hale, 23, Sentenced In Rustling/Animal Abuse Case. Police say they stole cattle then let them starve to death

TENNESSEE -- A high profile case of cattle rustling and animal abuse has been resolved in Henry County Circuit Court with the sentencing Monday of the two Puryear men charged in the case.

Jason Call Kennedy, age 40, of 300 Morris Rd., pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and Travis Austin Hale, age 23, of 960 Rose Lane, Puryear, pleaded no contest to theft and four counts of cruelty to animals.

Originally, 21 charges of animal cruelty were filed in the case after dozens of cattle were found dead and dying on Hale’s property earlier.

Kennedy was sentenced to serve two years each in state prison on the theft charges, with 60 days in continuous confinement and the rest on probation. He also was ordered to pay $2,180 in restitution.

Hale was sentenced to serve four years in prison, with his to be served in community service. The animal cruelty charges were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

(WENK - March 14, 2017)