PULLMAN – The farmer within the Pullman space who has been convicted of accusations of animal cruelty has been ordered to do away with his herd or spend two years in jail.
70-year-old Marcus Jacobson was convicted of two counts of animal cruelty by a jury in Whitman County District Courtroom final week. The case concerned two dying cows on Jacobson’s ranch on State Route 26 close to LaCrosse.
Decide John Hart sentenced Jacobson on Friday. Decide Hart barred Jacobson from proudly owning, proudly owning, caring for or staying with animals required by state legislation for somebody convicted of animal cruelty.
Jacobson is scheduled to return to courtroom on July 1. If he nonetheless has cattle, Jacobson will likely be despatched to Whitman County Jail for 2 years. If he now not has cattle, Jacobson will stay a free man. The Whitman County Sheriff’s Workplace will verify whether or not Jacobson nonetheless has cows or not. Deputies say Jacobson’s crew continues to be divided between his Rock Springs Ranch on SR26 and his ranch south of Pullman on Kirkendahl Highway.
Authorities hope that this verdict will finish Jacobson’s authorized saga. The Washington State Division of Ecology started fining Jacobson in 2010 for permitting his cows to pollute the South Fork of the Palouse River south of Pullman. Motorists have pushed on his stray cows at the very least 3 instances. Essentially the most severe crash almost killed a Pullman man on US Freeway 195 in September 2020 when considered one of Jacobson’s stray bulls was hit. Jacobson was convicted by a jury final 12 months for failing to maintain his cows fenced.