Sentencing reaffirmed for convicted horse abuser - KOTA Territory News

Sentencing reaffirmed for convicted horse abuser


The sentencing for a man who took off after he received his punishment for abusing horses had his sentencing re-affirmed by a magistrate judge Monday morning.

Donald Harwood, 52, who is now in custody, was on the run for 6 months after being sentenced to five years behind bars last August.  At his sentencing, Harwood was ordered to schedule a turn-in date with his court services officer. He never did.  Instead, he hid on a horse farm near Canistota, South Dakota.  He was found and arrested in early February.

Since he didn't turn himself in, he missed his 30 day appeal window.  In order to re-instate it, and give him an opportunity to appeal the conviction, his sentence had to be re-affirmed.
The conviction stems from the inhumane treatment of 69 horses.  The horses were seized from a property on Radar Hill Road in January, 2013 after allegations of neglect.

Donald and his wife Terri both received jail time.


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