Friday, February 02, 2007

Adelanto, California, U.S. - Defiant animal liberator, Peter Young was released from the federal Victorville Prison today after serving nearly two years for a series of raids on mink fur farms in 1997. Young was initially facing more than 80 years in prison but took a plea deal after his accomplice Justin Samuel agreed to testify against him. Samuel was arrested first and named Young and another person who assisted them to a grand jury in exchange for the same reduced sentence Young eventually received.

After his federal charges were resolved South Dakota State's Attorney Vince Foley announced his intention to prosecute Young on the state charges of third degree burglary, intentional damage to property and animal enterprise trespass. It is not clear whether South Dakota or any of the other states where Young rescued animals would legally be able to prosecute him for the same crimes he was already prosecuted for at the federal level.