On September 5, Jack Martin, 53, admitted to breaching a part of his suspended sentence by having some horses he and his wife previously starved. Carbon County District Judge Blair Jones promptly revoked Martin’s original sentence, giving him four years “in the custody of the Department of Corrections, with two years suspended.” He is forbidden to own any animals during his revised sentence.
Wife Theresa Martin, 55, did not appear at the revocation hearing since her attorney was unable to be present.
According to Jack Martin’s defense attorney Greg Paskell, it was Terry Martin that brought 13 horses to their ranch despite the fact the court order stated they were not to own any horses.
Carbon County Attorney Alex Nixon agreed. He said that he plans on recommending a “dramatically different” sentence for Terry Martin when she has her hearing on October 4.
Jack and Terry Martin have been jailed at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility since early August because they couldn’t post bail of $25,000 each
Nixon explained at the hearing that when the probation officer visited their ranch, he found 11 horses that were theirs previously and two miniature horses that were new. They also owned a firearm. He emphasized that the horses have been sold. The Martins may be facing federal charges for owning the firearm.
The Martins were charged with 26 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty in one of the worst animal cruelty cases of Carbon County. Seven horses were dead and many others were starving and in critical condition.
The Martins had previously elected to plead guilty on a plea-bargain since each faced 53 years in prison with $66,000 in fines.
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