Former Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury on 22 counts of animal cruelty related to alleged horse soring actions.
McConnell pleaded guilty last year to similar charges for the same actions in federal court here after Humane Society investigators captured video footage of him abusing horses and federal agents later alleged that he and two co-defendants transported the horses for a show in Shelbyville, Tenn.
McConnell was sentenced to three years probation and a $75,000 fine for the local federal case.
McConnell’s co-defendants in the federal case, John Mays and Jeff Dockery, also pleaded guilty to violations of the federal Horse Protection Act.
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