It is now Dec. 5 and this major animal abuse and cruelty case has been dragging on for months. William Kiefer pleaded guilty to starving over 100 horses to death. Yet his sentencing for these crimes has been postponed – again.
On Wednesday, Morton County Assistant State’s Attorney Gabrielle Goter and Burleigh County Assistant State’s Attorney Justin Schwarz said Judge Tom Schneider (South Central District) agreed to move the sentencing hearing to Dec. 31 based on weather. Evidently, the defense attorney Charles Stock of Crookston, Minn., had concerns about driving to Bismarck.
The accused animal abuser, William Kiefer, was to be sentenced on nine counts of Class A misdemeanors, four in Burleigh County and five in Morton County, for overworking, mistreating, abandoning and starving animals.
Morton County abuses
- One count of overworking, mistreating or abandoning a group of horses and mules discovered on a hilltop near New Salem – dead.
- Another count is for dead animals found in a barn.
- A third count is for dead animals in a Quonset hut and a nearby trailer.
- A fourth count is for animals found dead in a hay yard.
- The fifth count is for the surviving poor condition animals.
Burleigh County abuses
- There are three counts for dead animals discovered on Kiefer’s property.
- The fourth charge is for the surviving poor condition animals.
On Aug. 2, animal abuser Kiefer pleaded guilty to the charges. Judge Tom Schneider ordered an investigation, presentence. He also scheduled a sentencing date of Oct. 10. It was this Oct. 10 hearing that was postponed to Dec. 5 to allow additional time for completion of a PSI and psychiatric evaluation.
However, prosecuting attorneys recommended:
Kiefer be sentenced to one year in jail on all of the charges, with all but 120 days suspended, two years of supervised probation and court fees. The 120 days could be served on electronic monitoring.
They also recommended:
Kiefer pay a $750 fine in each county to either a humane society or Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue.
It is noted by the source and specifically pointed out here by the writer that Judge Schneider could actually sentence Kiefer up to the maximum of one year in prison on each of the charges.
Kiefer has not appeared at any of his hearings in court.
Source: Bismarck Tribune
There are many stories about animal abuser Kiefer. Here are three more:
- Seized horses won’t be returned to Kiefer
- Kiefer charged in Burleigh County
- How to kill 100 horses and get a slap on the wrist
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