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Meduna Wants Out Of Nebraska
A Morrill County rancher convicted of letting more than 200 wild horses and burros starve was not paroled today, but his parole is “pending” according to a spokesman with the parole board. 44-year-old Jason Meduna was sentenced to serve 40 months to 10 years in prison in February of 2010 after being convicted the month before for 145 counts of cruel neglect of an animal resulting in injury, illness or death.
The spokesperson in the Parole Board’s records department said Wednesday Meduna’s parole is pending because he has to meet certain conditions concerning his desire to live outside Nebraska. In such cases the receiving state has to agree to accept and monitor the parolee once he arrives in their state. If the conditions are met , and it’s not known at this time how long that will take, Meduna could be released the very next day.
The starving horses were discovered on Meduna’s Three-Strikes Ranch south of Alliance in April, 2009. Law enforcement removed the ailing animals from the ranch and transported them to the Morrill County Fairgrounds in Bridgeport. Over 30 animals were found dead at the ranch. During sentencing, District Judge Leo Dobrovolny stipulated that Meduna could not reside, own, or possess any animals for 30 years.
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