John Mays walk on the sidewalk in front of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Courthouse downtown in March after a hearing in federal court. (Times Free Press)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - One of four men who pleaded guilty to soring Tennessee walking horses will not face more jail time.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, John Mays was sentenced Monday to the time he has already served and ordered to write an article about horse soring.
U.S. District Court Judge Sandy Mattice included the writing of the article as a community service requirement of Mays' one-year supervised release. The court said the article must include how widespread soring is, who it is done for and how it affects horses.
Horse trainer Jackie McConnell, Jeff Dockery and Joseph Abernathy were indicted along with Mays and charged with violating the federal Horse Protection Act. Mayes pleaded to a lesser charge.
The other three are scheduled for sentencing in September.
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