House arrest for tiger owner
Animal on loose for month in ’05
Article Last Updated: 05/07/2007 09:30:21 PM PDT
The former owner of a
Gert Einar "Abby" Hedengran also was placed on probation for three years. He had pleaded guilty to a charge of misleading federal officials while his tiger, Tuffy, was on the loose for nearly a month in eastern
The tiger was eventually shot and killed by federal officials near an elementary school.
The animal had escaped from a sanctuary that Hedengran and his wife had relocated from
As a part of a plea bargain, Hedengran, who now lives in
He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to maintain proper records for the exotic felines. Although prosecutors were asking for 14 months in federal prison for Hedengran, they said they are satisfied with the decision.
"We were pleased that this matter has been resolved and Mr. Hedengran is going to be punished for his conduct that caused so much concern in
Hedengran’s wife, Roena "Emma" Hedengran, 54, is expected to be sentenced May 14. She pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of failing to maintain records of exotic felines.
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