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Worker In Cow Abuse Video Gets Jail Time After Guilty Pleas

September 24, 2010
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From NBC 4i
By Donna Willis

A man pleads guilty to animal abuse charges and is sentenced in a Marysville courtroom Friday.

Billy Joe Gregg Jr., 25, pleaded guilty to six counts of cruelty to animals and was sentenced to eight months in jail for abusing cows at a local dairy farm.

Gregg’s sentence also included a $1,000 fine and court-appointed mental-health screening. Gregg also must stay away from animals of all sorts as a part of his sentencing.

Gregg’s sentence was part of a plea deal. He originally was charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals. He pleaded guilty to six charges, and six additional charges were dropped.

He was given the maximum sentence on the charges to which he pleaded guilty.

Each of the 12 abuse counts were second-degree misdemeanors. Each count is punishable by as many as 90 days in jail.

He apologized to his family and the community in Marysville Municipal Court Friday. He said he understands what did was wrong.

Gregg first entered not-guilty pleas on the 12 counts of cruelty to animals.

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The cruelty charges against Gregg were filed after an animal welfare group released graphic video Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

The video was recorded in an undercover investigation at the farm, said Mercy For Animals, a not-for-profit group that publicizes what it calls cruel practices in the dairy, meat and egg industries and promotes a vegan diet.

Gregg was arrested Tuesday, May 25, on the abuse charges.

Gregg arranged for someone to take his vehicle home while he was in custody.

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During the transfer of the vehicle, law enforcement officials said they found a loaded handgun in the vehicle’s console.

He was indicted on the firearms charge in early June.

He pleaded not guilty to one count of improperly handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

Gregg has not been sentenced on the firearms charge and a court date has not been set on that charge.

If convicted on the firearms charge, Gregg faces as many as 18 months in prison.

A grand jury decided in July the owner of Conklin Dairy Farm, Gary Conklin, as well as other employees would not be charged.

“It wasn’t my decision. It wasn’t law enforcement’s decision. It was the grand jury that decided there was not sufficient evidence to bring charges,” Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips told NBC 4 at the time of the decision.

Though Conklin did appear to abuse a cow in the video, Phillips said Conklin said those actions were necessary to get the cow up to avoid muscle atrophy.

“Mr. Conklin explained to law enforcement why he was doing this. The veterinarians examined the video and all of it, the whole segment of video, and determined his actions were appropriate, not at all abusive,” Phillips said.

Gregg will serve his sentence at the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg. He has credit for 120 days already served. He has served half of his sentence on the animal abuse charges.

A group of protesters were outside the courthouse Friday protesting the state of Ohio’s animal abuse laws. They were protesting the fact the abuse charges were only misdemeanors.

Editor’s Questions: Regarding the dismissal of charges against the owner, Gary Conklin, can someone please let me know who owns the town, lives in a mansion, and allegedly is related to a prosecutor or assistant prosecutor? If someone could answer these questions for me or provide evidence of their veracity, I’d greatly appreciate it, thank you.


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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna Anderson permalink
    September 24, 2010 12:18 pm

    At least because of the gun charge he will be a convicted felon. No being a cop in his future. Plus no more rodeo, and his horse won’t be lugging his big ass around.

    • Beverly Kaiye Greto permalink
      September 27, 2010 5:52 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, Donna……you rock !!!!

  2. COMTESSE permalink
    September 24, 2010 12:39 pm

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  3. Caroline permalink
    September 24, 2010 2:37 pm

    Animal abuse is not a felony.. disgraceful. This desperately needs to be changed.

  4. Tamara permalink
    September 24, 2010 3:10 pm

    I have watched alot of animal abuse footage and what this man did was horrific. I wish he had gotten more jail time. I am glad he will be tried on the firearms charge and willnot be able to be a police man. And people wonder why some police man are so violent. Animal abuse should be a felony. As a veterinarian myself I also do not agree with the veterinarian who determined the owner was not causing harm to the animals as well. he should have been prosecuted as well. This is very very sad that these type of people live among us

    • Anthoney Mahateva permalink
      September 24, 2010 6:28 pm

      I absolutely agree that if indeed the veterinarian approves of the actions of the human beast, he should be charged as well.

  5. Lana Marie permalink
    September 25, 2010 12:14 pm

    Gary you sick SOB….your MOTHER ought to be ashamed as well the rest of your family!! This farm should be shut down….thanks for letting us in on what really happens. Unlike those f___g commercial about drinking milk. YA RIGHT!!! Haven’t touched it in years & you have just enlightened many others as the the treatment of dairy cows all over the U.S. & Canada!
    If YOU hate the animals & your job – GET THE F__K OUT!!!!! They don’t deserve one thing you & your family did or do!!
    Hope you meet a real nice guy in there that happens to LOVE animals – you puke!

    AUTHORITIES WAKE UP!! Change the laws for creeps like this!! Are the women & kids next??

  6. Lisa/LiberationNOW permalink
    September 29, 2010 11:16 am

    Editor’s Questions: Regarding the dismissal of charges against the owner, Gary Conklin, can someone please let me know who owns the town, lives in a mansion, and allegedly is related to a prosecutor or assistant prosecutor? If someone could answer these questions for me or provide evidence of their veracity, I’d greatly appreciate it, thank you.

    Conklin lives in a mansion made off of his blood money. If you ever get those questions answered, I would love to pursue this. He must own the town and all the crooked politicians in it, along with a police force that would protect his ass from protesters.

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