Victor VanOrden Released After Serving Only Three Months of his Five-Year
Charged with Attempted Mink Liberation in Iowa
Awesome news: Victor has been granted parole and was released from prison on
May 10. In February he had received an exorbitant sentence of five years for
the "crime" of cutting a fence and opening a single cage at the Circle K Fur
Farm in Sioux City, Iowa. This week, the judge granted Victor parole,
reducing his sentence by over 90%.
His co-defendant (and wife) Kellie
received a 30 day sentence for the same action. She was released last month.
Kellie and Victor's case was somewhat unusual in that it was prosecuted
on the state level, and not federal. Generally, the feds prefer to take
politically charged and / or very high profile cases -- particularly animal
liberation or eco-sabotage cases. There can be advantages and disadvantages
to each, depending on the specifics of a crime, although generally federal
cases carry much longer sentences. In this case, Victor and Kellie were
fortunate to be charged not just by the state, but a state which has parole,
allowing them to be free after serving relatively short sentences.
View an aerial image of the Circle K Fur Farm.