The first of four people to plead guilty in a federal horse soring case was sentenced this morning to one-year probation and given a $1,000 fine by U.S. District Court Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice.
Paul Blackburn must also write an article, that has to be published in a newspaper, about the practice of horse soring, explain the practice and how widespread it is in horse training circles.
In October, Blackburn pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act.
Three remaining co-defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 27.
Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...