2010: Year in review: Conklin Farms: Horrific video leads to dairy farm employee conviction

Conklin Farms: Horrific video leads to diary farm employee conviction

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The man who was seen on an undercover video in May poking cows with pitchforks, hitting them in the head with metal bars and punching young calves pleaded guilty to six charges of animal cruelty Sept. 24 in Marysville Municipal Court.

Billy Joe Gregg Jr., formerly of Delaware, Ohio, was sentenced for abuse he committed at Conklin Dairy Farms in April. His actions were recorded by an undercover worker, associated with the animal rights organization Mercy For Animals.

Gregg was charged in June on 12 counts of animal cruelty, and one charge of improper handling of a firearm, stemming from a loaded pistol found inside his vehicle.

Judge Michael Grigsby sentenced Gregg to eight months in jail, and a $1,000 fine.

Gregg also is placed on probation for three years and is to have no contact with animals for the duration.

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Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fosterk96. More Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

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