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Man charged in cow's deaths violates probation

June 19, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

A Williamsport man charged in January 2008 with aggravated animal cruelty in connection with the deaths of five cows must appear Aug. 10 in Washington County Circuit Court for a violation of probation hearing, court records show.

Gregory Charles Wiles, 42, of Williamsport was charged in connection with 31 cows that were seized from his pastures and impounded by the Humane Society of Washington County in December 2007. He pleaded guilty in June 2008 to two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 13 misdemeanor counts of failing to provide for other cows.

Wiles was sentenced to three years in prison for each of the felony counts and 90 days for each of the misdemeanors. The sentences, which Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III suspended, were to be served concurrently.

As part of a plea agreement, Wiles was placed on three years of probation. He also forfeited to the Humane Society ownership of the cows seized.

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Humane Society officials have sole discretion regarding the fate of the animals, and any money from the sale of the cows will be applied to about $22,000 in restitution Wiles owes to the Humane Society, Boone said.

The Department of Parole and Probation, in a court filing dated May 18, said Wiles violated his probation by not paying the restitution in full. He has paid $12,200, leaving a balance of $9,800, court records show.

Boone issued a warrant for Wiles' arrest, which was served June 10, court records show.

Wiles posted bond of $9,800, which was to be applied toward the restitution, court records show.

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