The Unadilla man accused of letting nearly a thousand animals die on his pig farm will spend at least 20-months in jail for animal cruelty.
On Tuesday, an Otoe County judge sentenced 61-year-old John Maahs to 20-60 months behind bars.
He pleaded no contest in April to one count of neglect. In return, the state dropped the other 9 counts.
In September 2011, sheriff deputies found hundreds of animal carcasses -- mostly pigs -- piled up in several buildings on his farm.
The deputies also found 140 living pigs along with a few goats and a calf. They had no food or water according to investigators.
Because of the build-up of methane gas from the rotting remains, authorities were forced to burn the out-buildings.
Last year, Otoe County attorney Dave Parsch said, "The biggest question everybody has is, why would something like this happen?"