Advertisement

Man enters Alford plea on animal cruelty counts

May 07, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man who was charged with 37 animal cruelty counts in June 2002 entered Alford pleas to some of the charges, and attorneys said he will seek psychiatric help.

Kenneth M. Green Jr., 54, of 115 Wakefield Road, entered seven pleas to charges of failing to provide adequate care for animals inside his home.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

In return for the plea, the remaining charges were dropped. Green is to be sentenced after he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Theresa Adams said in court Tuesday that at sentencing she would ask for probation and not jail time, provided Green seek psychiatric help and supervision.

Advertisement

Adams said that six animals still in the care of the Humane Society that were taken from Green are to be adopted by animal rescue groups.

Hagerstown City Police and Washington County Humane Society investigators were called to Green's home on June 22, 2002. They found the body of one Saint Bernard, and 18 other dogs that needed medical treatment, according to charging documents.

- Gregory T. Simmons

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|