CHINO, Calif. - A former slaughterhouse worker was sentenced Wednesday to jail and probation after being seen abusing sick and injured cattle in a video that prompted the largest beef recall in U.S. history.

Daniel Ugarte Navarro reportedly pled no contest in June to two felony counts of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to downed animals.

Navarro can serve his nine months of jail time on weekends and must undergo counseling, the San Bernardino County, Calif., district attorney's office said. The jail has discretion to use electronic monitoring, spokeswoman Susan Mickey told the press.

County Judge Gerard Brown also placed Navarro on three years of felony probation.

Another worker, Rafael Sanchez Herrera, reportedly pled guilty in March to three misdemeanor counts of illegal movement of a non-ambulatory animal and was sentenced to six months in jail.

The Humane Society of the United States shot the video at Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in Chino, leading to a federal investigation and the recall of 143 million pounds of beef in February.


Source: Associated Press