HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has rejected a Billings livestock breeder’s appeal of his conviction of animal cruelty.
Billings livestock breeder James Leachman is suing federal Bureau of Indian Affairs officials over the seizure and sale of more than 800 horses he owned, claiming his rights were violated.
Billings livestock breeder James Leachman has filed with the Montana Supreme Court an appeal of the conviction he received for abusing horses on his ranch east of Billings.
Billings livestock breeder James Leachman is appealing the jail sentence he received for abusing his horses to the Montana Supreme Court.
Yellowstone County District Judge Susan Watters has upheld James Leachman’s jury conviction on five counts of abusing his horses.
The conviction of James Leachman, of Billings, on five counts of misdemeanor animal abuse should stand because his appeal is without merit, according to a brief filed Friday by the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office.
James Leachman testifies at his trial in December 2012. Leachman is suing Bureau of Indian Affairs officials, claiming his rights were violated over the seizure and sale of 800 horses he owned.
Billings livestock breeder James Leachman argued Friday that an appeal of his guilty verdict should be granted because prosecutors never proved he owned the horses he was convicted of abusing.
Nine of the former Leachman horses raised east of Billings have been sold to one of Canada’s largest horse slaughter plants, according to the Montana Board of Livestock.
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Two years ago, the Crow Tribe auctioned off more than 800 of James Leachman's horses on a ranch east of Billings. A similar scene will play out Wednesday on the Fort Peck Reservation.
Musser Bros. Auction conducted the sale of the the Hairpin Cavvy Ranch once owned by James Leachman.
Audience members study a program as the Hairpin Cavvy Ranch, once owned by James Leachman, is sold Tuesday morning at an auction at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote, center, was the highest bidder Tuesday for the Hairpin Cavvy Ranch, once owned by James Leachman, during an auction at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Broad smiles and quiet congratulations, many spoken in Crow, celebrated the return Wednesday of a dryland ranch on the outskirts of Billings.
A 1,933 acre ranch two miles east of the Billings city limits goes on the auction block Tuesday.
Prosecuting crimes of cruelty to animals is extremely difficult in Montana. State laws protect the property rights of animal owners. State laws protect the interests of horse breeders and other livestock producers.
James Leachman reads a letter of support from a cattleman in Oklahoma to a court audience during a break in his sentencing for animal cruelty Wednesday afternoon.
James Leachman points to Yellowstone County Sheriff's Lt. Kent O'Donnell, who he said kept him from his horses during his sentencing for animal cruelty Wednesday afternoon.
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