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Owner of dead horses has criminal past

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COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

WLBT has confirmed that 59-year-old Jerry Earls was convicted of larceny of livestock on Nov. 13 2012.

According to the Copiah County Circuit Clerk's office, he was indicted on two counts: one for stealing a bull, and one count for stealing 20 cows and 21 calves.

An order consolidated the two charges, and Earls pleaded guilty to grand larceny. He paid $25,000 in restitution and court costs.

Earls remains under probation.

Investigators tell us Earls admitted to moving 30-40 horses over the weekend from his land near Crystal Springs to the Utica area.

This was after Alicia and Scott Armstrong were looking at the land and stumbled across what they can only describe as a horrible nightmare; dead horses, carcasses of dead horses, others injured or malnourished all around the property.

Earls says he bought some of the horses at auction, but many of them were given to him by people who could not care for them. He also says he didn't abuse the horses.

A spokesman for the Hinds County Sheriff's Department says they are working with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health to find and inspect the rest of the horses, which are reportedly in very serious condition.

We will bring you the the latest developments on our evening newscasts.

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