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September 22, 2018
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Farmer found guilty of starving and neglecting stuck cattle
(WOUB) - A Columbus area farmer faces up to $3,000 in fines and nearly a year in jail after a judge ruled today that he left four of his animals up to their necks in mud to die.

69 year old Roy Hoffman was found guilty of four counts of depriving animals of "necessary sustenance." He is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Franklin County Environmental Judge Harland Hale found that two bulls and two heifers became stranded in thick mud on Hoffman's farm in March 2005, and they were unable to reach food or water.

The animals were removed with a backhoe by the Capital Area Humane Society.

Hoffman and his attorney had no comment after the ruling.

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