Man receives four years in Miller County animal cruelty case

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A man charged last year with animal cruelty in connection with neglected dogs and a goat discovered in a Miller County residence was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this month as part of a plea bargain.

William Lake Evans, 25, was on parole for burglary when authorities executed a search warrant on a house he shared with Victoria Anderson, 24, and her husband, Tyler Blaine Green, 21, on Laurel Street in Texarkana, Ark., on Sept. 22. Officials seized several dogs in poor health as well as a goat which died later that night under the care of a veterinarian.

The three housemates had apparently moved out after electric service to the home was cut for non-payment. After receiving several complaints officials acquired a search warrant and removed the suffering animals.

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Evans pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges at a hearing Feb. 6 before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson. He received a four-year term for the felony charge and a term of one-year in the county jail for the misdemeanor. He will serve both sentences at the same time.

Green and Anderson were charged only with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Green pleaded guilty Dec. 19 at a hearing before Johnson to misdemeanor animal cruelty as a first offender. He received a one-year term of probation and must pay a $500 fine and fees and court costs.

Anderson’s case remains pending before Circuit Judge Carlton Jones. She is scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing in March and the case is set for trial in May.

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