Kellie Marshall Van Orden plead guilty yesterday morning in Woodbury County District Court to Releasing an Animal(s) from an Animal Facility, a class D felony and Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.
The Honorable Judge Andreasen sentenced Kellie Van Orden to 5 years prison on count 1, but suspended that sentence and placed her on probation for 5 years. On count 2, she was sentenced to 365 days in county jail, but 305 days were suspended. She will serve 60 days in jail, less credit for time served. If she violates her probation, she could serve close to 6 years in prison. The defense requested a deferred judgment (meaning the felony conviction would be expunged if she successfully completed probation), but that was denied. The felony conviction will remain on her record. Ms. Van Orden was also ordered to maintain employment, schooling or job training as a condition of her probation, complete a victim empathy program and not associate with convicted felons (other than her husband, now serving 5 years).
Ms. Van Orden made a statement of allocution to the court, expressing remorse and condemning the criminal actions she and others have committed against the fur industry, which will soon be made available here.
Once again, the extremists of the animal rights movement have incited another young person to pay the price for their misguided campaigns against our country’s farming community.