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Ohio dairy farm worker sentenced in animal cruelty case after release of undercover video

September 24, 2010 |  7:38 pm

Conklin Dairy

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio dairy farm worker accused of beating cows while unwittingly being filmed has pleaded guilty to six counts of animal cruelty.

A court clerk says Billy Joe Gregg Jr., 25, was sentenced Friday in Marysville on the misdemeanors to eight months in jail. That was cut to four months because of time already served.

Gregg must also have no contact with animals for three years.

He was fired in May by Conklin Dairy Farms Inc. after the group Mercy for Animals released video it said showed Gregg and others abusing cows with crowbars and pitchforks.

The group released a statement Friday calling Gregg's sentence "a slap on the wrist" and "an outrage."

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A screen grab from Mercy for Animals' video depicts a dairy farm worker prodding cows with a pitchfork. (The video in its entirety is available for viewing on the group's website. Warning: It contains graphic images.)

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