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Guilty Plea in Utah Mink Liberation Case


[Bay Area Indymedia]

A 23-year-old Layton man who was charged with damaging and interfering with animal enterprises after he and another man were accused of raiding local mink farms pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one of the raids. William James Viehl was indicted on two counts of damaging and interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise in March after he and Ogden resident Alex Jason Hall, 21, raided one mink farm in South Jordan and attempted a second raid on a similar farm in Heber, said U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch.
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Statement by BJ Viehl on Recent Guilty Plea
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Greetings everyone! Thanks to all who have shown love and support throughout mine, and Alex's incarceration. We hope you all understand how much appreciation, and love we both have for all of our supporters. apart from my thanks, I felt it would be a good time for an update on my case. these last few months have been intense. With the help of my lawyers, we have litigated and motives to suppress "evidence", and motioned for dismissal based on lack of jurisdiction. Despite our attempts we were not successful. After playing all the cards I was dealt, and becoming aware of circumstances out of my control, I realized the best plan of action would be to change my plea to guilty. If this case was in a different state or district, chances at trial would be much more in my favor. Unfortunately that is not the case.

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