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Sentencing delayed in horse soring case

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sentencing has been delayed until the end of next month for two people who have admitted their guilt in a federal horse soring case.

Jeffery Bradford, 33, of Lewisburg, and Christen Altman, 25, of Shelbyville will now be sentenced on Feb. 27 instead of the original date of Feb. 13, according to an order by U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr.

Guilty pleas

Altman and Bradford each face a term of up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty in November to conspiracy to violate the federal Horse Protection Act.

Last March, Barney Davis of Lewisburg, Altman, and Bradford were indicted by a federal grand jury for the horse soring and falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork.

A 34-count superseding indictment filed in late April charged Paul Blackburn of Shelbyville with being part of the conspiracy. Davis and Altman were charged with 13 counts of wire fraud, one count of wire fraud conspiracy and 12 counts of money laundering.

Arrest

Davis was taken into custody by federal marshals last July for allegedly violating the terms of his bond, which barred him from having any contact with horses owned by other people, including training those horses.

The indictment stated from 2002 to October 2010, Davis and the three conspired to sore the horses and falsify documents without being detected by the USDA and industry inspectors (Designated Qualified Persons) so that additional customers would pay Davis to board and train their horses at his barn.