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Sentencing for Hoskins adjourned; new date not yet set

Not surprisingly, the sentencing Thursday of Beth Lynne Hoskins on 52 counts of animal cruelty for mistreatment of her high-end Morgan horses has been postponed.

Delays and adjournments have marked much of Hoskins’ case, stemming from the SPCA Serving Erie County’s raid of her horse farm in March 2010 all the way through her non-jury criminal trial that began in Aurora Town Court shortly before Memorial Day 2012.

The Aurora horse farm owner was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon by Aurora Town Justice Douglas W. Marky, where her non-jury criminal trial played out for more than a year on 74 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty under the state Agriculture & Markets Law. The trial resulted in a split verdict, with Hoskins found guilty of 52 of the counts and not guilty of another 22 charges.

The court confirmed Tuesday that Hoskins’ sentencing date has been adjourned, with the scheduling of a new sentencing date not yet known. The court indicated it hopes by next week to have scheduled a new date.

Hoskins faces a range of sentences, from probation and fines to up to two years behind bars.

Hoskins’ defense team requested the adjournment, which was approved by the Erie County District Attorney’s office. Neither of her attorneys, nor the district attorney’s office, could be reached to comment to shed light on why the sentencing was adjourned.