GENEVA – Aaron E. Ogren, 31, of Exeter, has been sentenced to a term of 15-20 years in prison for letting more than 200 head of cattle die on a rural property near Exeter and for selling livestock that he didn’t own.
He was sentenced Tuesday in the Fillmore County District Court by Judge Vicky Johnson.
He was initially charged with 43 felonies in Fillmore County – those were amended down to seven and for those he was sentenced.
Ogren was arrested last April after sheriff’s deputies from Fillmore County found more than 200 dead cattle on a rural property northwest of Exeter. The cattle were under Ogren’s care at the time, court documents indicate.
A horse was also found dead on the property.
Many more head of livestock later died because they were in such dire conditions when they were discovered and removed from the farm.
It was also discovered that he illegally sold livestock he didn’t own.
Ogren has also been charged with one count of theft by deception in York County.
For unlawful taking, with a value of more than $5,000, Ogren was sentenced to a term of 15-20 years in prison with credit for 18 days already served.
For illegal selling/trading/disposing of livestock, he was sentenced to a term of four years in prison, to be served concurrently.
For another count of illegal selling/trading/disposing of livestock, he was sentenced to another term of four years in prison, to be served concurrently.
For three convictions of attempt of a Class 3 felony, he was sentenced to two years for each to be served concurrently.
For abandoning/cruelly neglecting livestock, causing bodily injury/death, he was sentence to two years in prison, to be served concurrently.
The court found that he has “no ability to pay restitution.”
Prior to sentence, the defendant made no statement to the court.
The judge determined that “incarceration is necessary in order to protect the public.”
Also as part of his sentence, Ogren cannot own or possess a livestock animal for 15 years from the date of conviction.