Utah man pleads guilty to break-in at mink farm; charges of attempted attack in Hyrum dropped

OGDEN, Utah (AP) – An Ogden man has pleaded guilty to breaking into a Utah mink farm last summer to let hundreds of animals loose. Alex Jason Hall could get up to five years in prison at his sentencing June 30. The 21-year-old Hall pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson to damaging or interfering with an animal enterprise. He was accused of letting about 650 mink loose and destroying breeding records at the McMullin mink farm in South Jordan. The farm recovered most of the mammals; several mink died after being hit by cars or from stress after they returned to the farm. Prosecutors dropped another, similar charge for an attempted attack on another mink farm in Hyrum 10 months earlier. A companion of Hall’s is serving two years in federal prison for the break-in at the South Jordan mink farm.

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