A man who made his living shipping horses to slaughter in Mexico was in court Friday, but his punishment was delayed because of a hidden infusion of money.
This would have been the final chapter in the saga of Dorian Ayache, but there was a snag in his sentencing.
Ayache did not want to talk about his criminal case Friday, and he won’t learn his fate until January.
Ayache was the slaughter-horse hauler whose trucks overturned twice on the interstate, killing several horses.
Federal regulators cited Ayache for a long list of safety violations and for continuing to haul horses under a new company name, even after he’d been shut down by the government.
It turned out that most of the charges against Ayache couldn’t be criminally prosecuted. The case against him was falling apart.
Ayache appeared to be facing very little jail time, possibly even probation.
But Friday, Judge Aleta Trauger took a tougher stance. She was angry after learning Ayache inherited $300,000, but didn’t use any of the money to pay his fines.
Ayache owes the government about $36,000.
The federal prosecutor now wants Ayache to serve three months in prison. But because of the new information, the case was continued.
Trauger had some strong words for Ayache, saying even though the only charge that still stuck was a minor violation, she would consider his entire history.
“He is highly regulated by the government and he could care less what the government tells him to do,” Trauger said.