Man pleads guilty to releasing mink from farm

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- A Layton man has pleaded guilty to releasing hundreds of minks from a South Jordan farm.

William Viehl, 22, and Alex Hall, 20, were indicted on felony counts of damaging and interfering with animal enterprises. They were accused of opening hundreds of pens and destroying breeding records at the McMullin Mink Farm in August 2008.

Viehl orignally pleaded not guilty, but the Salt Lake Tribune reports he changed that plea Wednesday.

He now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Nov 12.

Hall's trial is still pending.

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