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Published February 14, 2011, 02:23 PM

Minn. man gets 6 months for raid on ferret farm

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Minnesota graduate student to six months in prison for working with other animal rights activists to carry out a 2006 break-in at a farm where dozens of ferrets were let loose.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Minnesota graduate student to six months in prison for working with other animal rights activists to carry out a 2006 break-in at a farm where dozens of ferrets were let loose.

Scott Ryan DeMuth was sentenced Monday in Davenport.

He pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit animal enterprise terrorism under a deal with prosecutors in Iowa. In exchange, they dropped allegations that he was involved in an attack on a University of Iowa lab in 2004 where vandals released 400 rats and mice and destroyed research data.

DeMuth admitted he "conspired to disrupt and damage" Lakeside Ferrets, Inc., in Howard Lake, Minn. Prosecutors say vandals cut holes in a fence and opened cages housing ferrets being bred for pet stores.

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