Judge: Borell no longer owns 42 horses

MERCER CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- A man in Mercer County, Ky. will not serve jail time after accepting a plea deal on charges related to the abandonment of 43 horses.

69-year-old Charles Borell entered an Alford plea Thursday to nine of 43 misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty.

An Alford plea means a person doesn't admit to wrongdoing but accepts there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Borell will serve two years of probation.

Police arrested Borell in June after investigators found 43 abandoned and emaciated horses on a farm he leased.

Borell's daughter, a Breeder Cup horse trainer Maria Borell, is wanted on the same charges.


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