Sentencing handed out in animal neglect case

Diane Wempen (left), Eugene Wempen Jr. (center) and Eugene Wempen Sr. (right) have all been sentenced for animal neglect from 2018. (Source: KSNB)
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LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - All three members of a central Nebraska family have been sentenced in connection with livestock deaths at their farm.

Dawson County District Court records said 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 said their remaining 75 days can be waived if they successfully complete the terms of their probation orders.

They 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.

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