Man, mother, given probation for animal neglect
LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A woman and her son have been given probation in connection with livestock deaths at their central Nebraska farm.
Dawson County District Court records say 61-year-old Diane Wempen and 34-year-old Eugene Wempen Jr. were sentenced last month to 30 months of probation and 76 days in jail. They each served a day, and the sentencing documents say their remaining 75 days can be waived if they successfully complete the terms of their probation orders.
They’d pleaded guilty to one count of felony cruel neglect of animals. Prosecutors dropped several other counts in exchange.
Her husband, Eugene Wempen Sr., was sentenced in February to 30 months of probation and 91 days in jail.
All three are barred from owning, possessing or residing with any animals for 15 years.
In April 2018 deputies reported finding at least 65 carcasses on the Wempen property near Overton, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of Lincoln.