man pleads guilty to freeing minks from farm
Salt Lake Tribune - By Pamela Manson
accused of releasing hundreds of minks from a South Jordan farm pleaded
guilty Wednesday to damaging and interfering with animal enterprises.
Viehl faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced
by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on Nov. 12.
22, of Layton, and Alex Hall, 20, of Ogden, were indicted in March on the
felony count for allegedly opening hundreds of pens and destroying breeding
records at the McMullin mink farm on Aug. 19, 2008. Prosecutors say the
crime resulted in more than $10,000 in damage.
also were indicted on a misdemeanor charge of attempting to damage the operations
of the Matthews mink farm in Hyrum on Oct. 19, 2008. That count has a maximum
punishment of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
of the estimated 600 minks released from the McMullin farm were recovered.
Hall's trial is pending.