Nebraska Appeals Court Flip-Flops on Landmark Ruling
Houston (SFTHH) – The Omaha World-Herald has reported, today, that convicted wild horse killer Jason Maduna cannot be barred from having animals after he allowed 70+ wild horses and burros to starve to death on his property in Morrill County Nebraska during early 2009.
A Nebraska Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Tuesday that upheld Maduna’s conviction on 145 counts of cruel neglect of an animal and likewise upheld his sentence of 40 months to 10 years in prison but for some reason, lacking any sense, decided to overrule his restriction from owning, possessing or residing with animals for 30 years once he is released.
The ruling flies in the face of and totally ignores the very clear Nebraska law that states the judge “shall” restrict animal ownership by people convicted of felony animal abuse or neglect.
Equine and Animal advocates from both within and outside of Nebraska were appalled by the courts unexpected and irregular ruling.
“For once we thought that the court had, at the very least, up held the law and rightfully ruled on such a heinous crime of death and animal abuse as this,” stated Jerry Finch, Founder and President of Habitat for Horses a non-profit organization that helped in placing the survivors of this tragedy. “But what prompted this reversal of a previous ruling is beyond me.”
Terry Fitch, noted wild horse photographer and advocate said;
“We have been following this case from the beginning as we have friends who had horses involved and to see this happen after we actually thought the horses caught a break is devastating. This is not a fitting memorial for the horses that Meduna willfully killed.”
Court records indicate that Meduna appealed that the band was unconstitutional and could be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
The case stemmed from a search warrant issued in April 2009 when authorities found over 200 horses, mules and donkeys on the doorstep of death on Maduna’s property with at least 74 identifiable horses dead from starvation and neglect.