Hearing for Nebraska Rancher in Horse-Starvation Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A parole hearing is scheduled for a western Nebraska rancher convicted of letting more than 200 wild horses and burros starve.

Jason Meduna was convicted in January 2010 of 145 counts of animal cruelty. He was sentenced to 40 months to 10 years in prison. As part of his sentence, Meduna can't own, possess or live with livestock for 30 years.

A parole hearing is set for Wednesday at the Lincoln Community Corrections Center.

Meduna owned the 3-Strikes mustang ranch south of Alliance, where many of the horses and burros were found emaciated and suffering from a variety of ailments in 2009. Dozens were found dead at the ranch. The surviving horses and burros were given new homes.

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