“BIG LICK” SUPPORTER MS. SANDRA DARLENE WOOD SENTENCED TO JAIL TIME BY MARSHALL COUNTY (TN) CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY – STARVING TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES

LEWISBURG, TN  (c) –  Marshall County Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr. today handed down a historic sentence to “Big Lick” supporter Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood for the crime of Animal Cruelty,  to-wit  – starving Tennessee Walking Horses that were seized from her farm on April 6, 2015.

Marshall County Circuit Judge Passing Historic Sentence on Sandra Darlene Woods For Starving Tennessee Walking Horses.

Marshall County Circuit Judge Passing Historic Sentence on Sandra Darlene Woods For Starving Tennessee Walking Horses.

The Sentence:

  • 45 days in jail,
  • 11 months 29 days probation,
  • Pay $4,134.00 restitution to Volunteer Equine Associates,
  • Cannot own any horses during her probation,
  • Officers may come and inspect Ms. Wood’s property at any time during her probation term.

“Big Lick” Supporter Sandra Darlene Wood – Convicted of Animal Cruelty – Sentenced to Jail Time in Middle Tennessee

Sandra Darlene Wood, Convicted of Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses

Sandra Darlene Wood, Convicted of Animal Cruelty To Tennessee Walking Horses – Sentencing Hearing Before Marshall County Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr.

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Sandra Darlene Wood On Witness Stand At Sentencing Hearing Before Marshall County Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr.

Sandra Darlene Wood On Witness Stand At Sentencing Hearing Before Marshall County Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr.

CIRCUIT COURT SENTENCING JUDGMENT – MAY 18, 2016

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Part of the “Big Lick” mantra is horses are livestock.   People can do what they want to with them.  For nigh on over 60+ years,  the “Big Lick” crowd has tortured Tennessee Walking Horses to do the “Big Lick” for a 50 cent blue ribbon,  in the name of family entertainment and for raising money for charity.

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"GEN'S ICE GLIMMER" AT LONDON, KENTUCKY HORSE SHOW ON JULY 18, 2015

“GEN’S ICE GLIMMER” AT LONDON, KENTUCKY HORSE SHOW ON JULY 18, 2015

In pronouncing sentence on Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood, Marshall County Circuit Judge Durard said,  “Animals are living breathing beings.  They can feel pain –  and they are treated differently in our code (law).   You can’t make this decision in a vacuum.  Had we had 8 counts of animal cruelty, rather than one,  she would have been convicted on all 8 counts. They were all emaciated.  The vet testified – she came up here without any notes – and she answered all questions.   Ms. Wood stated she had $20 – $30 income after living expenses.  How on earth are you going to maintain eight horses on $20-30 a month.”

Judge Durard said there were “warning shots” in June 2015, and Ms. Wood did not take corrective action.

The Court cited Ms. Wood’s prior criminal history involving felonies from 20 years ago in Arkansas and Oklahoma.    Judge Durard said “she had problems writing checks and taking things that didn’t belong to her”.

Ms. Wood took the stand and told a long drawn out story of how she was the care giver for her grandson,  and the enormous hardship it would cause if she were not at home to provide the child with emotional support.

Neither Prosecuting attorney Felicia Walkup or Judge Durard were buying it.

While cross-examining Ms. Wood,  Ms Walkup read each of Ms. Wood’s felony convictions in Arkansas and Oklahoma, one by one.

Here Ms. Walkup questions VEC (Volunteer Equine Associates of Gallatin, Tennessee. Ms. Rupp regarding the condition of the eight emaciated horses when they were seized from Ms. Wood’s Marshall County property.

Assistant District Attorney General Karen Walkup Examining VEA volunteer Alesha Rupp

Assistant District Attorney General Felicia Walkup Examining VEA volunteer Alisha Rupp

Public Defender Mr Bill Harold addresses the Court.

(Left to Right) Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr.; Circuit Clerk Courtney Boatright; Public Defendant Mr. Bill Harold; Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood, Convicted of Animal Cruelty

(Left to Right) Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr.; Circuit Clerk Courtney Boatright; Public Defendant Mr. Bill Harold; Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood, Convicted of Animal Cruelty

Public Defender Harold called Ms. Wood’s daughter-in-law,  Ms. Lisa McClure,  to testify on behalf of her mother-in-law  Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood.  Ms. McClure brought her young daughter to the courtroom to sit with her and Ms. Wood.  The child appeared to be approximately 10 years old.

 

Ms. Martha McClure Testifying On Behalf Of Her Mother In Law Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood

Ms. Lisa McClure Testifying On Behalf Of Her Mother In Law Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood

To illustrate the depth of Ms. Wood’s devotion to the culture of “Big Lick”  Animal Cruelty,  she twice appeared last October at Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty protests at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) attempting to disrupt them.  On one occasion, Ms Wood attempted to record the Citizens Campaign volunteers until the campaign organizer identified and confronted  Ms Wood at which time she admitted she was the same person accused of Animal Cruelty for starving her Tennessee Walking Horses.  Ms. Wood said she was going to get her horses back.

"Big Lick" Supporter Ms. Darlene Osborne Wood

“Big Lick” Supporter Ms. Darlene Osborne Wood

BIG LICK ADVOCATE MS. DARLENE OSBORNE WOOD, ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY (MS. WOOD IS PRESUMED INNOCENT)

BIG LICK ADVOCATE MS. DARLENE OSBORNE WOOD AT CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY PROTEST AT MTSU (MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)

Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood – Testifying On May 18, 2016

"Big Lick" Supporter Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood Trying To Avoid Jail Time

“Big Lick” Supporter Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood Trying To Avoid Jail Time

The VEA (Volunteer Equine Associates) of Gallatin, Tennessee,  worked with Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Tony Nichols (2nd from left),  in rescuing the eight emaciated horses from Ms. Wood. One of the mares was pregnant,  and she subsequently delivered a live foal.

Mary's Baby - May 13, 2015 - VEA (Volunteer Equine Advocates) of Gallatin, TN (photo credit - VEA) Mom, Mary, Seized on April 6, 201

Mary’s Baby – May 13, 2015 – VEA (Volunteer Equine Advocates) of Gallatin, TN (photo credit – VEA) Mom, Mary, Seized on April 6, 201

The VEA Volunteers were obviously pleased on Wednesday with the Court’s sentencing of Ms. Wood.

Unidentified Deputy, Deputy Tony Nichols, VEA Volunteers Cherie Sircy and Alisha Rupp.

Unidentified Deputy, Deputy Tony Nichols, VEA Volunteers Cherie Sircy and Alisha Rupp.

Nephew Eugene says before the Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty raised the public awareness in Middle Tennessee in 2015 regarding the Animal Cruelty,  that a conviction and sentence of a Big Lick supporter like Ms. Sandra Darlene Wood would have never occurred.

Assistant District Attorney General Karen Walkup making final argument to Circuit Judge Durard.

Assistant District Attorney General Felicia Walkup making final argument to Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr.

Marshall County Circuit Judge Passing Historic Sentence on Sandra Darlene Woods For Starving Tennessee Walking Horses.

Marshall County Circuit Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr.   Passing Historic Sentence on Ms. Sandra Darlene Woods For Starving Tennessee Walking Horses.

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