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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JACKIE L. McCONNELL, JEFF DOCKERY, JOHN MAYS, and JOSEPH R. ABERNATHY

United States District Court Eastern District of Tennessee

No. 4:12-CR-00009

 

INDICTMENT

COUNT ONE

THE GRAND JURY CHARGES THAT:

The Conspiracy and its Purpose

A. From approximately in or about 2006, and continuing until approximately in or about September 2011, in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere, defendants, JACKIE L. McCONNELL, JEFF DOCKERY, JOHN MAYS, and JOSEPH R. ABERNATHY, and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, did willfully, knowingly, and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree together and with each other to commit offenses against the United States, that is: they conspired to violate the federal Horse Protection Act by intentionally transporting or delivering horses, and showing, exhibiting, or entering horses in a show or exhibition while knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the horses had been intentionally “sored,” and falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork, in violation of Title 15, United States Code, Sections 1824(1 ), I824(2)(B), and 1825(2)(8).

 

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Bond Conditions

 Jackie McConnell cannot train or care for customers’ horses. 

 Jeff Dockery cannot train or care for customers’ horses.

 John Mays cannot train or care for customers’ horses.  Bond revoked 

 Joseph Abernathy can work as a farrier for customers.  

 

SENTENCING

Jackie McConnell

Pleaded Guilty to conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act

Sentenced to 3 years probation, $75,000 fine, must write article about soring horses

John Mays
Pleaded Guilty to conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act
Sentenced to 4 months time served, 1-year probation, and must write an educational article about horse soring

Joseph Abernathy

Pleaded Guilty to conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act

Sentenced to 1-year probation, and must write an educational article about horse soring

 

Jeff Dockery

Pleaded Guilty to a misdemeanor count of conspiring to violate the Horse Protection Act

Sentenced to 1-year probation, and must write an educational article about horse soring