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Published August 02, 2013, 04:34 PM

Man pleads guilty to charges surrounding death of over 100 horses

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The man accused in the death of more than 100 horses in Morton and Burleigh Counties is pleading guilty to charges.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The man accused in the death of more than 100 horses in Morton and Burleigh Counties is pleading guilty to charges.

William Kiefer was a no show in court today, as his attorney entered the pleas.

Kiefer is charged with nine counts of abuse and neglect of animals.

His attorney is working on a sentence of 120 days of electronic monitoring and 2 years of supervised probation.

His attorney says Kiefer suffers from depression and other mental illnesses, and that led to the animal abuse.

Charlie Stock- Defense Attorney: "Mr. Kiefer has a deep affinity for equine animals and this just got out of control for him."

Kiefer will be sentenced after a mental evaluation.

There also might be a stipulation that Kiefer can't own any livestock while on probation.

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