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February 22, 2013

Ferrell pleads guilty to pig beating, multiple thefts

GREENVILLE — A Quinlan man has pleaded guilty to beating a pot belly pig to death last summer.

Jarred Lynn Ferrell also entered guilty pleas to multiple indictments alleging he stole a boat and copper from air conditioners and, was sentenced to a combination of theft and probation and was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution.

Ferrell, 19, pleaded guilty during a Thursday morning hearing in the 354th District Court to one indictment for cruelty to livestock animals, three indictments for theft of copper of the value of less than $20,000 and one indictment for theft of property of the value of between $20,000 and $100,000.

Under a plea bargain arrangement, Judge Richard A. Beacom sentenced Ferrell to 10 years in state prison/boot camp on the theft of property charge and placed him on five years of probation on each of the remaining charges, with 180 hours of community service.

Ferrell was also ordered to pay almost $6,000 in restitution to the victims, with restitution still to be determined in one of the theft of material cases.

Ferrell was indicted in October alongside Larry Glen Nichols, also of Quinlan. The pair was arrested on Aug. 28, 2012. According to a statement from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 4 Constable Kent Layton notified investigators there had been four pot-bellied pigs killed in the area of the 9900 block of County Road 3616. The animals had apparently been beaten and stabbed to death. 

One of the four pigs was found dead in a pond on the property. Ferrell and Nichols allegedly told Investigators that they were involved in the deaths of the pigs.

The indictments allege the defendants “intentionally and knowingly tortured a livestock animal.”

Ferrell and Nichols were also alleged to have stolen copper tubing, coils and parts belonging to three air conditioners on or about Aug. 26, 2012.

Ferrell was indicted on the theft of property charge in November. He was alleged to have acted alongside Justin Ryan Acker, 20, and an unnamed juvenile in stealing a boat valued at more than $20,000 in August of last year.

Acker is facing trial next Monday on the theft charge.

Nichols has trial scheduled on the four indictments he is facing on April 22.

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