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Hoskins loses bid to have verdict set aside, faces sentencing Thursday

The animal cruelty case of Beth Lynne Hoskins that has played out for more than three years is about to reach a climax with her sentencing Thursday on a 52-count conviction for mistreating many of her Morgan horses.

The Aurora horse farm owner – found guilty in July of 52 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and not guilty of 22 others – lost her bid Monday afternoon to have the verdict of Town Justice Douglas W. Marky thrown out just three days before she faces sentencing.

Hoskins’ primary defense attorney made one last attempt to spare his client, who has maintained her innocence throughout the ordeal and has blamed her problems on an overzealous animal rights agency.

But Marky said a resounding “no” to the defense request for the town justice to strike his July verdict in the nonjury criminal trial of more than a year.

When she is sentenced at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Hoskins could face a range of punishment possibilities – from probation and fines, to up to two years behind bars – depending on what Marky decides.

The decision also could include no jail time, a split sentence that combines a few options or even a conditional discharge.