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Man gets probation, restitution in animal cruelty case

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2012

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EVANSTON — A Lyman man must pay nearly $5,000 in fines after he pleaded guilty Dec. 12 — the day of his arrest — to killing six head of cattle south of Mountain View in August.

During the Dec. 12 arraignment, it was alleged Christopher Bassett harmed a calf owned by another person in each of the first five counts, harmed a cow and calf by attempting to kill them, and destroyed five calves and a cow belonging to another party Aug. 16.

“Uinta County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted an extensive investigation, recovering several of the bullets from the cattle, and conducted several interviews that resulted in the retrieval of a rifle that was believed to have been used in the crime,” a release from the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the incident, said. “The firearm and bullets were sent to the Wyoming State Crime Lab for ballistics testing and fingerprint comparisons. The test results linked the weapon and bullets back to Bassett.”

In an agreement reached later in the day, Bassett pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to served 180 days in jail on each of the charges, all suspended, submit to 18 months of supervised probation, and pay $4,600 in restitution, along with $120 in court costs.

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