Former slaughterhouse worker pleads no contest to animal cruelty charges
The Associated Press reports that a former Southern California slaughterhouse worker has pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges after being caught on undercover video abusing sick and injured cows.
The footage prompted the largest beef recall in U.S. history. Daniel Ugarte Navarro entered the plea Friday in San Bernardino County Superior Court in Chino to two felony counts of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to downed animals.
He could get up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Aug. 25. Another worker, Rafael Sanchez Herrera, pleaded guilty in March to three misdemeanor counts of illegal movement of a non-ambulatory animal and was sentenced to six months in jail.