Tammy Hanson Sentenced to One Year
Posted on Nov 5, 2009 - 7:34 AM
November 4, 2009
BREAKING NEWS: Tammy Hanson sentenced to one year
By Janet Nelson
Bulletin Staff Writer
Tammy Christine Hanson, 43, was sentenced by Baxter County District Court Judge Van Gearhart to one year in jail for 20 counts of animal cruelty on which she was convicted in 2005, plus $13,000 in fines and costs -- a fine of $500 and court costs of $150 per count.
Hanson was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to the Humane Society of the United States, an amount that would cover veterinarian bllls incurred by the Humane Society of the United States for the 20 animals, Gearhart said.
The sentence was handed down nearly four years after Hanson was found guilty of animal cruelty at a Gamaliel compound called Every God Needs a Home since she did not appear for her sentencing on Feb. 23, 2006 and fled the area. She and her husband, William Hanson, remained fugitives until July of this year when they were located in Vermont.
The Arkansas state director of the national Humane Society testified today that it spent $110,000 in cleanup and care for the animals removed from the Gamaliel compound.
Hansonís attorney, John Russo, said he would assist her in filing an appeal to the circuit court on the convictions and todayís sentence. Gearhart set an appeal bond of $100,000 cash, subject to the review of the Circuit Court.