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UP Teen Gets Prison Time In Cattle Torture

MENOMINEE (AP) - A judge has sentenced a 17-year-old Escanaba boy to 18 months to four years in prison for torturing cattle last summer.

Chad A. Meier Jr. is the last of three Escanaba teens sentenced in Menominee County in the July 2011 attack on three Angus cattle.
Two pregnant heifers were beaten so badly they had to be euthanized.

A 1,400-pound bull recovered but no longer can be used for breeding. It sustained broken bones, welts, and about 20 knife wounds.
Two pregnant heifers had to be euthanized, and a bull recovered but can't breed.

Eighteen-year-olds Nicholas Leisner and Peter Sauve are serving two- to four-year prison sentences.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reports that defense lawyer Steve Benson says Meier and his friends were "highly intoxicated" during the attack.

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