On April 3, Rudolf Bradford was ordered by State Court to shut down his slaughterhouse business at 1676 Rice Road within 30 days. If he does not comply, he will serve time in jail. He must also pay a $5,000 fine.
The Solicitor-General’s office has been conscientious in keeping us updated every step of the way. Prosecutors Karen Scott and Daniel Sanmiguel sent this summary:
After hearing the State’s recommendation, as well as considering evidence that the State presented that the Defendant has continued to operate his business in the same capacity as before, the Judge imposed the following sentence, aggregated from the five counts for which the Mr. Bradford was convicted.
Mr. Bradford was ordered to serve a sentence of 600 days, with 300 days on probation and 300 days in jail. However, the jail time may be suspended (e.g., served outside of custody) if the Defendant complies with the following special conditions:
1) He must stop slaughtering animals/operating the abbatoir portion of his business within 30 days of today’s date.
2) He must cease ALL agricultural business operations at 1676 Rice Road within 90 days of today’s date.
3) He must remove or dispose of all agricultural equipment at 1676 Rice Road within 90 days.
4) He must have no animals other than those allowed by the DeKalb County code for a residential property, zoned as his is, and must be in compliance with this condition within 90 days.
Additionally, the defendant was ordered to pay a fine of $5000, plus any applicable surcharges, and for the duration of the 600-day sentence he must allow code enforcement or probation to enter his property to ensure that he is in compliance.