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Man gets jail time for neglect of 17 horses

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The caregiver for six horses that were found dead, and 11 more neglected, at a farmstead near Vergas last winter has been sentenced to one year in jail.

William Vance Tompkins, age 19, of Owasso, Okla., had been entrusted with the care of the horses by his mother, Penny Fick, and her husband, Bill Fick, of rural Vergas while they temporarily resided in Montana.

The Ficks still face charges in the case.

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