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Man accused of attempt to kill cattle accepts plea deal

April 2, 2019

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Colorado man accused of attempting to kill cattle in Utah.

The Durango Herald reports that 63-year-old Mark Franklin entered a plea agreement rather than stand trial and face up to six years in jail on a felony charge of “attempted wanton destruction of livestock” and a misdemeanor charge of trespassing on state trust lands.

Authorities say the charges will be dismissed if Franklin meets conditions including paying $1,000 and staying off certain lands.

Prosecutors say the Durango resident intentionally closed a corral gate in southeastern Utah to cut cattle off from water in April 2017.

Franklin says he closed the gate but claimed the charges were retaliation for years of environmental work by his wife, who also faced related charges that were later dismissed.

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Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com