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Second man gets jail for cruelty

September 25, 2008|From the Associated Press

A former Southern California slaughterhouse worker was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in jail and probation 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, 49, was sentenced after pleading no contest in June to two felony counts of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to downed animals.

Navarro can serve his jail time on weekends in a work-release program and must attend counseling and serve three years of felony probation, said Susan Mickey, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County district attorney. He could also serve the time through electronic monitoring at the discretion of the jail, she said.

Another worker, Rafael Sanchez Herrera, pleaded guilty in March to three misdemeanor counts and was sentenced to six months in jail.

The undercover video shot by the Humane Society of the United States led to a federal investigation and the recall of 143 million pounds of beef in February.

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