Fouke man sentenced to six years in prison for filming bestiality

Ryan Danyl McDonald

A Fouke, Ark., man who made and shared videos of himself having sex with dogs and horses was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday at a hearing in Miller County.

Ryan McDonald, 38, entered pleas of guilty to 27 criminal charges involving the videos, 18 of which are felonies and nine of which are misdemeanors at a hearing Tuesday morning before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson at the Miller County jail. The felony charges involve obscene videos McDonald shared with others while the misdemeanors concern videos investigators discovered on McDonald’s cell phone which they could not determine had been sent to others or uploaded to the internet. McDonald was represented Tuesday by Little Rock attorney Bobby Digby.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell said McDonald’s plea agreement includes six-year prison terms to counts one through nine which he will serve at the same time. On counts nine through 18, which are also felonies, McDonald received six year suspended imposition of sentence terms. If McDonald breaks the law while the suspended terms are running, he could face more time in prison. McDonald received nine one-year county jail sentences on the misdemeanor offenses which will run at the same time as the felony prison terms.
McDonald was arrested in November 2015 after Miller County deputies caught him near a miniature horse farm with a cooler of feed corn. McDonald admitted he’d been engaging in sexual acts with a miniature mare and confessed that he had video of his exploits on his cell phone. After the cell phone was submitted for forensic analysis, the additional felony counts were filed.

McDonald had been free on bond until April 3. Mitchell filed a petition to revoke McDonald’s bond because his GPS leg monitor showed he repeatedly violated an order to remain on house arrest. The bond revocation petition states that McDonald visited a home of someone known to keep dogs. McDonald’s bond conditions included a prohibition from keeping animals or from frequenting places where he knew animals would be.

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