Seven Year Sentence in Animal Abuse Case

Amber Askins (TCSO photo)
Amber Askins (TCSO photo)

A Branson woman is sentenced to 7 years in prison for her role in the abuse of horses at a farm in Hollister in 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Amber Askins pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including animal abuse and first-degree burglary, and was sentenced February 13th by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Two of the charges involved damage to jail property and failure to appear in court.

Askins is one of four individuals charged after the landowners reported abuse to their horses, including cuts and signs of being improperly saddled. The Taney County Sheriff’s Office set up a game camera at the farm and subsequent video evidence confirmed the owners’ description of events, according to Prosecutor Jeff Merrell.

Chris Miles of Branson pleaded guilty to burglary and animal abuse in January and was ordered to serve 120 days shock time in the Taney County Jail, pay restitution of more than 15-hundred dollars, and complete 5 years of supervised probation.

Chadd Smith of Hollister is scheduled to stand trial next week and the fourth suspect, Antwan Brown of Branson, appears in court again next month.


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